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PremierLeague-News.Com - England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam suggested an increase in the social distancing recommendation would play little role
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Social distancing 'should be increased to three metres' to reduce the spread of Covid, according to a virologist. But England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam suggested an increase in the social distancing recommendation would play little role in controlling the spread of the new Covid variant. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester, told Sky News the exhaled breath of something with Covid symptoms can contain 200 virus particles. Reports have suggested Government scientists want the recommended gap increased from one metre, if mitigation measures such as masks or screens are in place, to two metres. That would mean an increase in distancing from two metres to three metres without mitigation. Prof Van-Tam told LBC Radio: "The question you are asking is whether the new variant is really going to be capable of moving a greater distance, and that doesn't kind of fit with my biological understanding, because the distance relates to the force of the cough or the sneeze or the respiratory droplet that flies out of you. Read More Related Articles People in these 3 jobs set to get coronavirus vaccine next Read More Related Articles Jet2 grounds flights and axes holidays from Birmingham Airport until for months "Unless we were saying that the variant makes you cough in a different way or cough more violently, I can't see how you can gain that extra distance, like in the long jump as it were." The "cloud of viruses" around an infected person with the more infectious variant were not "way out here" but "if you breach those safety distances the chances of you picking it up are higher".
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. He told LBC Radio it was unlikely a new variant would "outwit" the current vaccines and his "hunch" was that they would remain effective for months. "We know that the vaccines make what we call a polyclonal response. They make lots of different antibodies to different types, basically. "Therefore, the idea that a mutation of the virus would in one go out with the whole of the vaccine is pretty low. "So if we were to see an effect, it would be a small degradation rather than going off a cliff." Asked whether, in time, an annual jab would be required against a different strain, as happens with flu, Prof Van-Tam said: "I can't say it will be every year yet but I can say that I don't think we will ever eradicate coronavirus." Giving his best estimate on how long the current vaccine would be effective against mutations, he said "how long is a piece of string" but "I would say it's going to be many months that the vaccine is going to work for, but I'm not basing that on data, I'm basing it on a hunch".
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