British experts say that social distancing will be a necessary measure until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. That could mean we will spend the next 18 months in our homes to prevent a new wave of infection.
According to The Telegraph, we can expect to return to normal life only then. It is unrealistic that a vaccine could be created in less than 18 months.
Dominic Raab, First Secretary of State, said: “It’s been almost three weeks and we’re starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we’ve all made. But the deaths are still rising and we haven’t yet reached the peak of the virus. So it’s still too early to lift the measures that we put in place.”
Still, some scientists fear that it will impossible to completely eradicate this virus and that the vaccine is the only solution. That means we still have a long way to go before we can stop social distancing. Even if schools are opened and businesses return to normal, a degree of social distancing will have to stay in effect.