The coronavirus pandemic has greatly changed the lives of all of us. Although there are different theories about when we will return to normal, there is one thing that all scientists agree on: it will not be in the short term. In Spain, the mandatory use of the mask has been implanted for several months, and one of the big questions that we all ask ourselves at the moment is that of how long will we have to wear the mask.
This week, Juan José Badiola, director of the Center for Emerging Communicable Diseases at the University of Zaragoza, has shown his opinion in this regard on the radio program ‘Liarla Pardo’. He believes that if vaccines really protect, which is precisely what is expected to happen, we could stop wearing the mask before 2022. We may have to continue using it in certain circumstances, such as public transport or health centers, but not in such a generalized way as we are doing at the moment.
When will we get back to normal?
Parallel to the question of when the mask will no longer be necessary, we also wonder when we will regain normalcy, the life we led before the Covid-19 crisis. This week, Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech, has been very optimistic about it, after the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has shown an efficacy of 90%.
In an interview on the ‘Sky News’ chain, the expert explained that the vaccine will begin to be distributed globally at the end of 2020 or early 2021. Taking into account the deadlines, normalcy could return in mid-2021. Still, Ugur Sahin warns that winter will be “very difficult.”
John Bell, professor of medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), also believes that we will return to normal by mid-2021. The expert believes there is up to an 80% chance that enough vaccines will be obtained in the first quarter of next year for in the spring everything will be as before.
For his part, Bill Gates has a much more pessimistic view of when the coronavirus pandemic will end. Microsoft’s co-founder believes it won’t be until summer 2022. According to him, from mid-2021 the numbers of both new infections and deaths will gradually decrease, and in 2022 the pandemic may be considered eradicated.
Still, he warns that by then the world will have gone back 30 years in terms of development. Bill Gates points out that there are several indicators, such as education or Child mortality in the most disadvantaged countries that will bring consequences much more devastating than those of the virus itself.