Speaking with MSNBC, prominent U.S. doctor Ezekiel Emanuel says Americans have to be prepared for normal not returning until perhaps the end of 2021.
We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications. I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the bloc’s elderly may have to be kept isolated until the end of the year to protect them from coronavirus.
“I know it’s difficult and that isolation is a burden, but it is a question of life or death, we have to remain disciplined and patient. Children and young people will enjoy more freedom of movement earlier than elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions,” she said.
She also added that she hoped a European laboratory would be able to come up with a vaccine soon. “Without a vaccine, we have to limit as much as possible contact with the elderly,” she told German newspaper Bild.
Several organisations are now planning for a 80-100% reduction in their foreign student numbers this year, with prestigious names said to be among those most affected. The sector is already making a plea to the government for a cash injection amounting to billions of pounds to help it through the crisis, as it is hit by a drop in international student numbers, accommodation deals and conference income.
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