It looks like it’s gonna be another bumpy ride this holiday season thanks to COVID-19. In fact, we should expect Christmas in the next five years to have some disruption from the ongoing outbreak, according to an expert.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, speaks online as part of Royal Society of Medicine The COVID-19 series, explains that the infection is likely to continue circulating in human populations despite high vaccination rates. We can influence how high these rates are, depending on the actions we take, but, he says, the current measures in the UK (where he is based) are completely “inadequate.”
“I think we need to realize that it’s not just this Christmas, it’s maybe Christmas for the next five years that we need to think about realistically,” remarked Spector, the lead scientist at ZOE COVID. study apps.
“Now that we’ve got a better picture of COVID-19 than we had a year ago when we thought, ‘we just have to get over this winter and it’s going to be fine.’ It clearly turns out not to be the case. “
“We realize that vaccines alone … are not the ultimate solution to this. We need a combination of measures,” he says. “We need to expand the vaccination program to three shots. We also need to realize that there will be breakthrough infections that are real, we now know that vaccinated people can still transmit the virus and it will run through our populations to to some degree. ”
“How high we want these rates to be is determined in part by our complacency and the relaxation of some of the rules we had in place. Last year, I thought they were actually on the high side – and now, this year, I think they are inadequate, “he added.
Spector is talking about Britain here, but a similar situation may be brewing across the Atlantic. Researchers are unsure how this winter will develop in the United States, but some are preparing for the worst. While nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population is over 12 years old is fully vaccinatedOn November 11, experts note that the concern about the virus has disappeared, meaning many will take a lax stance on preventative measures, especially with large gatherings for Thanksgiving and the holiday season and people catching up with the lost time last year. This year also has the very contagious Delta variant to take into consideration.
“Delta and declining immunity – the combination of these two has set us back,” Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics at the University of Washington, told the newspaper. Associated Press this week. “This virus will stay with us for a long, long time.”