When will we leave the new normal behind and have a life like before the pandemic again? It’s the million dollar question. The one that health authorities, scientists, governments around the world are trying to answer. There have been many estimates, some more optimistic than others, but all agree that pre-pandemic life will not be restored until a vaccine is available.
In this sense, the World Health Organization (who) has made its own calculations and according to its scientific director, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, life will not recover until 2022. “We’re looking at at least 2022 before enough people start getting the vaccine to build immunity.”, has explained this Wednesday, in statements collected by CNN.
Swaminathan is confident that the vaccine will be available much sooner, but the effect of this will not be immediate, but it will take time until the desired mass vaccination occurs, which prevents the circulation and spread of the coronavirus from continuing to occur. “We need 60% to 70% of the population to have immunity before we begin to see a dramatic reduction in the transmission of this virus”, has warned.
Prevention and hygiene measures until then
That 60-70% will not be achieved quickly, predicts the doctor, who clarifies that The protection and hygiene measures imposed to stop the advance of the coronavirus such as social distancing or the use of a mask will continue throughout this time. “We will have to maintain the same type of measures that are currently being implemented such as physical distancing, the use of a mask and respiratory hygiene,” he indicated.
In addition, the representative of the WHO has put on the table another variable that can delay the return to the old normality. According to Swaminathan, at this time we do not know how long the vaccines that the various projects are working on will protect. Therefore, you think it is more prudent to think that the pre-COVID-19 return to life will not be until 2022.