Professor Sir Ian Boyd, who teaches at the University of St Andrews’ School of Biology, warned this week against the frequent lifting of lockdowns because “it simply fuels a new wave of disease” that can cause the virus to replicate more and mutate into new strains.
“There are a lot of reasons for taking pain now in order to create conditions for controlled release from [restrictions] a lot easier,” he argued, adding, “Otherwise we risk just passing through phases of various levels of lockdown and release.”
Boyd said that lockdowns “could go on for a long time,” despite the UK’s mass vaccination program. “My suspicion is that we will experience a damped oscillation of control-release for a long time to come — perhaps several years.”
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