• Question: how long do you think this covid 19 will last

    Asked by aodm2008 on 21 Apr 2020. This question was also asked by alistair.
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      Mark Kennedy answered on 21 Apr 2020:

      That’s a very good, but very difficult question to ask. I suspect the virus will be with us forever now, much in the same way that every year we have a chance of catching a cold or a flu. However, we will eventually develop a vaccine for it which will make it much easier for us to handle, it will just mean we need to get a shot every once in a while.

      With regards to the current restrictions in place, I think it may be a few more months unfortunately before life returns to completely normal. The best thing to do is take it day by day, do little things around the house to help keep you busy, and keep in contact with friends and family using the internet. That will hopefully make it feel much shorter. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you on this, but I don’t work on diseases, so I’m only guessing.

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      Katherine Benson answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Nobody really knows the answer to this at the moment, unfortunately. Some people think the virus won’t be going anywhere, and that instead, we need to find ways to fight it, using vaccines and other tools at our disposal like social distancing. Hopefully, within a year we should have a new vaccine to help us fight it, and we should all be back at work and school before too long, even if we have to make changes to the ways that we’re used to doing things.