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Balancing a ‘new normal’ while keeping virus in check

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As lockdowns are lifted and loosened, policymakers and experts are debating how to avoid a new surge in cases. Can we return to schools, restaurants and the office while keeping the coronavirus at bay?

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World leaders and scientists are also placing much hope on quickly finding a vaccine for COVID-19. Despite some reason for optimism, a viable treatment is still unlikely until well into 2021, which means many of us may have to get used to a very a different lifestyle, even if some restrictions are eased.

In this week’s round-up of coronavirus stories from scholars across the globe, we explore what it will take to return to public life, the latest on the race to find a vaccine and how to cope with pandemic-related isolation.

Returning to normal

Although health experts urge caution, governments are under extreme financial pressure to reopen their economies. And no matter what they do, lockdown fatigue and warmer weather in countries hard-hit by the coronavirus such as the U.S. and Spain will prompt more people to venture outdoors and even gather in groups. Our experts had a few suggestions on what the new normal might look like.

The search for treatments

At least 90 vaccines are under development as governments aim to inoculate their populations from the virus as soon as possible. Although medical experts aren’t as optimistic as US President Donald Trump – who promised a vaccine this year – they do see room for hope.

Fighting lockdown fatigue

Despite the impetus, a vaccine seems distant and some countries have reimposed lockdowns that had lifted due to coronavirus flareups, we may have to continue to live at least partially isolated existences for many months to come. Our scholars have a few suggestions on how to get through it.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

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