Expert Says People With Covid Should Be Allowed To Live Normally: Dan Walker staggered | Television and radio | Show biz & TV
Professor Hunter has suggested that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to turn into an endemic similar to the common cold, leading to a concrete relaxation of isolation rules. Dan Walker questioned whether the government could review the rules on how long people with Covid must self-isolate to avoid putting more pressure on businesses due to a staff shortage. Professor Hunter told BBC Breakfast: “It is difficult to manage.
“The whole question of how long can we allow people to self-isolate if they are positive will have to be discussed very soon because it is a disease that is not going to go away.
“The infection is not going to go away even if we are not going to see serious disease for a very long time.”
He continued: “At the end of the day, we’re going to have to let people who are positive for Covid go about their day-to-day lives as they would with any other cold.
“At some point we have to relax that. If the rules of self-isolation are what makes the pain associated with Covid, maybe we need to do it ASAP.
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“Although maybe not yet.”
Mr Walker also asked if other COVID-19 mutations could appear in the future, to which Professor Hunter said was generally the norm with coronaviruses.
He said: “Covid is just one virus from a coronavirus family.
Other coronaviruses release new variants usually every year or so and that’s almost certainly going to happen with Covid.
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NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said staff absences could pose a greater challenge to health services than patients needing treatment for Covid.
He told BBC Breakfast: “We are now seeing a significant increase in the number of staff absences.
“And many of our CEOs say they think it’s likely to be a bigger problem and a bigger challenge for them than necessarily the number of people who need treatment because of Covid.
“So what we are seeing in some hospitals, we now need to redeploy staff to fill the gaps left in critical and essential services by staff who are on leave with Covid-related absences. “