Lockdown Will Be A Marathon
Sunday People|April 12, 2020
Top medic says no end in sight
Nigel Nelson

Our top medic yesterday indicated life may not return to normal until a cure for Covid-19 is found.

The Sunday People asked NHS England medical director Stephen Powis if some restrictions might still be needed 18 months from now.

He said: “This was never going to be a sprint of a few weeks. It is going to be a marathon.

“The job of scientists and doctors is to provide the Government with the best possible strategies to manage this virus over the months to come, and probably over longer than months.”

A vaccine is between a year to 18 months away – and there are as yet no successful drugs to combat it.

Prof Powis stressed in a No10 news conference that we are still only in “round one” of the battle.


Sources say advice to work from home and stay in for seven days with symptoms are still likely to be in place next year.

But schools and shops may reopen within weeks with social distancing measures in place.

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