England’s chief medical officer has warned that the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 is currently doubling every three weeks or so and could reach “pretty frightening numbers” if the trend continues.
Speaking at a webinar hosted by the Science Museum on Thursday evening, Professor Whitty said, “I don’t think we should underestimate the fact that we could be in trouble again surprisingly quickly. “
He added, “We’re by no means out of the woods on this, we’re in much better shape thanks to the immunization program, drugs and a variety of other things.
“But it has a long way to go in the UK, and it’s even further from working globally. “
The government’s decision not to mandate the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces in legislation from Monday has sparked much controversy.
But Professor Whitty said the key on July 19 was to “take things incredibly slowly,” adding that he fully expected most people to continue to take precautions.
“If you look at what people have done, and actually if you look at what people are planning to do now, people have been incredibly good at saying, ‘I can be a relatively low risk, but people around me are at high risk, and I will change my behaviors, ”he said.
He added that people shouldn’t be “hypnotized” by the anti-vaxx and anti-lockout movements.
“Although people think it’s not a big deal, that they make a lot of noise and end up on a lot of news channels, they are actually a very, very small minority of the population. “, did he declare.
Many companies and transport networks have said they will impose masks after June 19.
Professor Whitty said that in the medium term, the virus could mutate into a ‘vaccine escape variant’ that could set the UK back ‘partly back’ in the worst days of the pandemic.
“The further we go through time, the more scientific tools we have at our disposal, the less likely it is, but you can never completely rule out that possibility,” he said.
“But you know, science has done a phenomenal job so far and it will continue to do so. “