Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 22 July 2020

Coronavirus will be with us for ‘decades to come’, top scientists warn

Coronavirus will still be with us for decades even if we have a vaccine, experts have warned. Prof Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, told the Commons health and social care committee on Tuesday: “Things will not be done by Christmas. This infection is not going away, it’s now a human endemic infection.”

The top scientist, a member of the Government’s Sage advisory committee, added: “Even, actually, if we have a vaccine or very good treatments, humanity will still be living with this virus for very many, many years…. decades to come.”

The stark forecast is a blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said last week that he hoped for a “significant return to normality” by Christmas.

Lockdown is set to be eased again on August 1 to allow most remaining leisure venues to reopen, including indoor swimming pools, theatres, bowling alleys and beauty salons, and to encourage employers to reopen offices.

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