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The long haul: virus won’t disappear in our lifetime, experts warn

Masks, hand sanitising and social distancing are likely to remain critical in the war against Covid for years to come

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As Covid-19 vaccination programmes roll out around the world and the pandemic begins showing signs of slowing down in hard-hit places such as the US, UK and SA, experts warn that the coronavirus is likely to remain a fact of life for years to come.

“Vaccines are not a magic wand,” said Prof Barry Schoub, who heads the vaccine component of the ministerial advisory committee. “They won’t switch off the pandemic.”

Speaking at the “Covid 19: Myths and Vaccine” webinar organised by the Hellenic Federation of SA on Wednesday night, Schoub said people could not afford to drop their guard this year and would need to continue adhering to the proven non-pharmaceutical interventions — face masks, hand sanitising and social distancing...

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