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28th Dec 2021

People with Covid should be able to ‘go about their normal lives’ like with cold, says doctor


He made the claim on BBC Breakfast this morning

A professor has said on breakfast TV this morning that those who test positive with Covid should be allowed ‘to go about their normal lives’ as they would if they had a common cold.

Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “This is a disease that’s not going away, the infection is not going away, although we’re not going to see as severe disease for much longer.

“Ultimately, we’re going to have to let people who are positive with Covid go about their normal lives as they would do with any other cold. And so, at some point, we’ve got to relax this.”

“If the self-isolation rules are what’s making the pain associated with Covid, then we need to do that perhaps sooner rather than later. Maybe not just quite yet.”

He also went on to say that, in time, we will come to think of Covid like a common cold, noting that the disease is ‘only one of a family of coronaviruses’ which ‘throw off’ new variants every few years.

He goes on to clarify that in the winter surge of Omicron, we shouldn’t be looking at scaling back measures, but ‘once we’re past Easter, perhaps, then maybe we should start to look at scaling back.’

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