The government’s winter Covid plan can prevent another UK lockdown – if we all work together | Devi Sridhar
Vaccinations, testing and measures such as wearing masks will all help slow the disease. But the pandemic is not over yet
Prof Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh
As the days become shorter and colder, and the country gets ready to head into autumn and then winter, two key questions I am repeatedly asked are: what will the next six months look like; and will there be another national winter lockdown?
We scientists are struggling with our crystal balls as we try to predict a future determined by complex interlocking factors. These include potential new variants; a resurgence of seasonal illnesses such as flu and RSV (a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms), putting pressure on the NHS; a vaccination programme that has proved effective but still requires greater uptake; and public fatigue.