BBC: Covid: Masks and social distancing ‘could last years’

22 March 2021
A couple with masks measuring the distance between themselves


Back at CogRes headquarters we are divided over whether the UK government actually ever intend for us to return to normal. Articles like this really make you wonder.

People may need to wear face coverings and socially distance for several years until we return to normality, a leading epidemiologist has predicted.

Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, said basic measures could be in place until other countries successfully roll out jabs.

She also said a return of big spectator events required careful monitoring and clear instructions about staying safe.

The defence secretary has not ruled out the foreign holiday ban being extended.

Ben Wallace told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that booking a break abroad now would be “premature” and “potentially risky”.

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…certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are… that is when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation

Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England
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