Europeans want to simply accept that social distancing guidelines are right here to remain, the EU”s prime well being official has warned.
Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Well being and Meals Security, advised Euronews that till a protected and efficient vaccine turns into broadly obtainable, international locations might want to alter to a brand new regular – and do every little thing they will to maintain the unfold of the virus in examine.
Greater than 2.5 million cases of COVID-19 have up to now been reported throughout Europe, with the UK, Italy, Spain and France among the many hardest hit.
“After restrictions had been lifted, in lots of international locations individuals felt that they wished to return to what they felt was their regular lives,” Kyriakides mentioned in an interview on Euronews’ breakfast present Good Morning Europe.
“This isn’t potential. We’ll must study to stay with the virus, and stay a brand new type of normality.”
Hopes for a long-term resolution to the pandemic hinge on the event of a protected and efficient vaccine, however that might take many extra months – and even then, there’ll nonetheless be challenges, Kyriakides warned.
“Even when and when we’ve got a profitable vaccine, this doesn’t imply that the scenario of this pandemic will probably be solved the subsequent day. We’ll must proceed to watch out,” she mentioned.
The commissioner added that of their efforts to curb the unfold of the virus, member states ought to purpose to strike a steadiness and at all times be conscious of the repercussions that public well being measures have on populations and society as an entire.
“The way in which to include that is by elevated testing, contact tracing and isolation when wanted. It’s vitally essential for society, for economies that we keep away from generalised lockdowns,” she mentioned.
Watch extra of the interview within the video participant above.