Sage expert says UK to have 'flu-type' relationship with Covid by 2023

1/17/2022 10:20:00 PM

The impact of vaccines and better treatment in hospitals have helped limit the severity of people’s symptoms.

The impact of vaccines and better treatment in hospitals have helped limit the severity of people’s symptoms.

'Potentially we protect the vulnerable as we get into the colder weather, but we don't see a return of restrictions.’

The UK may have a ‘flu-type’ relationship with Covid by next year, a leading expert has suggested.Professor Mike Tildesley, who advises the government on the pandemic, welcomed the recent data as ‘cautiously good news’ – and believes it may mean that the Omicron wave is ‘turning around’.

But he warned that hospital admissions are still high and that the return of schools could yet prolong the surge of the new variant.The Warwick University professor – who is also a member of the SAGE sub group the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M) – told BBC breakfast: ‘My hope is that, as we get further into this year and next year, we are dealing with milder versions of Covid and hopefully we have more of a flu-type relationship with Covid where potentially we protect the vulnerable as we get into the colder weather, but we don’t see a return of restrictions.’

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The latest data appears to be ‘cautiously good news’ (PIcture: PA/Metro.James Tapper Sun 16 Jan 2022 06.Copy link The UK has past the worst of the Omicron wave as infections continue to fall (Picture: PA / Metro..

co.uk) The UK may have a ‘flu-type’ relationship with Covid by next year, a leading expert has suggested. Keir Starmer said he wanted people to be able to “live their lives as normal” and never again face “tough restrictions on our lives, our livelihoods and our liberties”. Professor Mike Tildesley, who advises the government on the pandemic, welcomed the recent data as ‘cautiously good news’ – and believes it may mean that the Omicron wave is ‘turning around’. New infections reported on Sunday took the week’s total to 754,054, a 38% on the previous seven days when well over a million new cases were detected. But he warned that hospital admissions are still high and that the return of schools could yet prolong the surge of the new variant. It comes as Johnson and his ministers are desperately attempting to shore up the prime minister’s leadership, amid growing calls for him to resign over the “partygate” controversy , by talking up his handling of the pandemic and the vaccine programme at every opportunity. The Warwick University professor – who is also a member of the SAGE sub group the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M) – told BBC breakfast: ‘My hope is that, as we get further into this year and next year, we are dealing with milder versions of Covid and hopefully we have more of a flu-type relationship with Covid where potentially we protect the vulnerable as we get into the colder weather, but we don’t see a return of restrictions. Deaths by occupation At the start of the pandemic – with essential workers going out to work while anyone who could stayed home – research focused on the link between occupation and Covid mortality risk.

’ His intervention comes after the latest government figures showed a 38% drop in infections over the last seven days across the UK, with 70,924 new cases reported on Sunday. In a speech to the Fabian Society yesterday, Starmer said he was “convinced that a swifter response” could have reduced the Covid death toll which has reached at least 150,000. Got a story? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at. That is still far higher than throughout most of the pandemic, but the impact of vaccines and better treatment in hospitals have helped limit the severity of people’s symptoms. Experts are still not certain if Omicron itself makes those it infects less ill than other strains. Streeting’s 10-point plan would raise statutory sick pay, making it available to all workers, including the self-employed and those on low wages currently cut out by the lower-earnings limit for eligibility. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Turning to the likely impact of the virus in the future, Professor Tildesley told BBC Breakfast: ‘Say we get into a situation where the virus becomes very, very mild and we are living alongside it – we’re not there yet, but hopefully we will be at some point this year – then we do need to talk about not just cases but also hospital admissions and the number of people who are dying with the disease. ‘If we can get those numbers as low as possible then hopefully we can see restrictions removed and we can live alongside the virus. Streeting says his party will also build a “sovereign capability” to ensure a supply of test kits made in Britain, to mitigate against any global shortage, and champion new ideas in testing technology. Deaths by ethnicity The ONS conducted provisional analysis, looking at deaths involving coronavirus between 2 March and 15 May 2020.

‘A while ago I did say probably January is going to be a little bit rocky. ‘If this wave starts to turn around and hopefully as we get towards the warmer weather, we can start to see these restrictions removed and we can have more of a discussion about what living with Covid is going to be like, and hopefully we won’t see a return to restrictions as we get further through the year. Sajid Javid is under pressure from Tory MPs to end the work from home guidance.’ Professor Tildesley said that, generally speaking, new variants of viruses tend to be more transmissible but ‘also generally milder’. More: . The virus will change and adapt, and we need to learn to live well with it.