It’s highly unlikely that we will eliminate Covid we have got to live with it, we should vaccinate and treat the symptoms as they arise.
As we have done with Influenza for many years.
I'm sorry but the 'learn to live with it' mantra just sickens me. How many times do people have to be informed that this virus is not like flu.
We all know that post viral debility has been around for years and years, but it doesn't seem to affect nearly as many people as does Long Covid. We also know that the virus can damage internal organs, even after a 'mild' attack and can cause ''problems' some time after apparent recovery. So letting the virus loose has serious implications for the future health of the population. Particularly the thousands of children who have been infected, some more than once and who may have to live with long term damage caused by covid for the rest of their lives (lives which might be shortened in consequence).
The indifference to this of the government, and, it seems, to a large section of the population which includes parents and grandparents, is shocking.
Learning to live with covid should not mean returning to the pre covid world we all knew. Learning to live with it means implementing mitigation to lessen the chances being infected and the chances of infecting others.
Which means quality mask wearing in indoor spaces (FF2 at the least) , proper isolation periods for sufferers, sick pay for those unable to work, insistence that employers don't make staff work while infected and infectious, access to testing, if not free, than at least very cheaply, and measures to improve ventilation and air quality in all public indoor spaces, particularly in educational and health establishments.
The government 'could' invest more into implementing these measures, which would not only provide employment and a stimulus to the industries which provide these tools for mitigation, but they would also prevent decline in sectors which are currently suffering from high numbers of staff absence.
It would also be helpful if our so called 'Health' Minister would stop trying to convince us that we are 'world leaders' in 'beating covid', because we just are not. Infections are higher than they have ever been and over 1,000 covid deaths per week are not exactly anything to boast about.. Perhaps instead he could start trying to look after the nation's health and stop running down the NHS...