The Prime Minister today warned that the British were “facing the same pandemic, we all have the same problems” as European countries, as the spike in rates of the South African variant of Covid-19 is recorded in France.
Scientists believe there could be as many as 2,000 new cases of the new variant spreading across the country, as Paris on Friday entered lockdown again amid the third wave and a hesitant rollout. vaccine.
A month-long lockdown has been imposed on the capital and parts of northern France to curb the spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants.
But how worried should we be in Britain?
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Speaking to the Mirror, Dr Mike Tildesley, infectious disease modeling expert and SAGE member, answered your questions about a third wave.
What is the probability of a third wave?
It is not inevitable. As we relax the restrictions, we know that the level of R may increase, but we have the vaccine that will partially offset that.
What could it look like?
We can have a third wave in terms of cases, but nothing like the number of hospitalizations and deaths. The vaccine is effective in preventing serious infection.
Will we see another lockdown?
Never say never but I hope we don’t. It depends on how quickly the government can react to any future eventuality.
Will it lengthen the borders?
If infections increase, even without more hospitalizations, we will have to ask ourselves what we are willing to accept in order to return to our freedoms.
Iswasariskofathirdwave of hospitalizations and deaths?
If in the fall the immunity wanes as the protection wears off, you may see an increase in severe cases. You will need boosters.
How will the booster vaccines work?
Vaccine companies are working to deliver new vaccines to protect against new variants. This is not unusual – it is what must happen every year with flu shots.
Why such a strong warning from the PM regarding a third wave?
Our political experts write: Government scientists say rising infection rates in Europe will almost certainly have an impact here.
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