Many of us will be relieved to see the lockdown restrictions eased this week and looking forward to their complete removal on 21st June. But do we need to be concerned about a third wave of Covid infections and deaths?
Professor Chris Whitty said on 29th March that ‘there will definitely be another surge at some point whether it’s before winter or next winter we don’t know’.
The Guardian reported on 11th April that ‘scientists warn that virus hotspots could lead to a third wave in the UK’.
The Telegraph reported on 12th April that ‘a Covid third wave is no longer expected in the summer, government advisers admit’.
There has been much reference to Chile’s world leading vaccination roll out. Close to half the Chilean 19 million population have received their first vaccination. Despite that Covid deaths have continued to climb since January to over 100 per day.
Scientists have referred to this as a warning for us not to be complacent in the UK. However Chile’s circumstances are different to the UK. They have predominantly used a Chinese vaccine, CoronaVac which is only 50% effective against infection and the Chilean government lifted its lockdown very early in January when their vaccine campaign was in its infancy.
A continuing frustration for business is that much of the reporting continues to be contradictory or changes at short notice. In light of this it’s not surprising that there will be a very cautious approach to returning to work in offices. In the meantime it gives organisations plenty of time to work out, consult and communicate their new ‘flexible working policies’. Routine office occupation between certain hours is gone for good. A more thorough, regular sanitising service is also required.
We also need to accept that Covid, coronavirus and its variants are here with us to stay and we need to just get on with our working and personal lives taking the sensible precautions that are available to us.