Europeans have to take that social distancing rules are here to stay, the EU’s top health official has warned.
Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, advised Euronews that before a safe and effective vaccine becomes widely available, states need to adapt to a new standard — and do whatever they can to maintain the spread of this virus in check.
Over 2.5 million instances of all COVID-19 have been reported over Europe, with the UK, Italy, Spain, and France one of the hardest hit.
“After limits were raised, in several nations people felt they wanted to return to what they believed was their regular lives,” Kyriakides said in an interview Euronews’ breakfast show Good Morning Europe.
“This isn’t feasible. We are going to need to learn how to live with the virus, and also live a new type of normality.”
Hopes to get a long term solution to the pandemic hinge on the creation of a safe and effective vaccine, however, that may take a lot more weeks — and then, there’ll still be challenges, Kyriakides cautioned.
“Even if and once we have a successful vaccine, this doesn’t follow that the problem of the pandemic is going to be solved the following day. We are going to need to keep to be cautious,” she explained.
The commissioner added that in their attempts to suppress the spread of this virus, member nations should aim to strike a balance and always be conscious of the consequences that public health actions have on society and populations as a whole.
“The way to include this can be by raised testing, contact tracing, and isolation when required. It’s crucially important for a society for markets which we prevent generalized lockdowns,” she explained.