The public ought to take the Prime Minister’s announcement that social distancing could be scrapped in June with a “little bit of a pinch of salt”, an expert has mentioned.
Professor Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the sub-committee on behavioural science which advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), informed BBC Breakfast that “issues can change very quickly”.
He added: “I feel the vital difficulty for us now’s how will we carry infections down so the info does look good, and we will calm down issues in two months’ time, and the actual necessary difficulty is that this – if we take this as a sign that issues are throughout, if we calm down and if we combine now, the paradox is we are going to push up the infections and can make it much less doubtless that we will calm down on June 21.”
Prof Reicher mentioned individuals will must be cautious of coronavirus in future, however not in a manner that limits day by day life.
“Even after restrictions go, it is sensible to have wise and cautious precautions; not in a manner that restrict our on a regular basis lives, not in a manner that stops us seeing individuals or hugging individuals, however simply realising, as an example, that on the entire, we’re safer exterior, do not sit too near individuals, open the home windows,” he mentioned.
“So we must be wise about this, we must be cautious about this, and in that manner I feel we’re more likely to get to an area the place our lives are far more again to regular, far more tolerable, the place we will meet and hug our family members, however do not simply hug anyone.”
Asked concerning the use of face masks in the long run, Prof Reicher mentioned “the entire level is we’ll transfer away from prescriptions” however mentioned individuals could nonetheless be wise, akin to opening home windows and never sitting too near different individuals.