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Analysis: Time for a long-term antivirus strategy

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Coronavirus cases are likely to continue to surge and fall for foreseeable future.


11 Jul 2020
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Analysis: Time for a long-term antivirus strategy

Health personnel attend to patients affected by COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit of the Clinical Hospital of the University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile, 02 July 2020 (issued 10 July 2020). At the Clinical Hospital of the University of Chile, in Santiago, almost a hundred intensive care beds house those sick people who are struggling with their last strength to survive COVID-19, in a country close to 7,000 deaths caused by the pandemic. EPA-EFE/Alberto Valdes -FOTOGALERÍA-

The coronavirus crisis is a long way from being over. And because life on permanent lockdown isn’t sustainable, public health experts are beginning to embrace a “harm reduction” approach, giving people alternatives to strict quarantine. These options – like forming a “bubble” with another household or moving social activities outdoors – don’t eliminate risk, but they minimise it as people try to return to daily life. Nobody knows exactly what will happen as communities open up. The most likely scenario is that virus cases will continue to surge and fall around the globe for the foreseeable future. “It’s hard to...

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