According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, the United States will need to undergo social distancing steps introduced during the coronavirus outbreak until 2022. The study comes as more than 2,200 people died from Tuesday’s outbreak in the United States, a record, according to a report from Reuters, even as the nation was debating how to reopen its economy. As of Tuesday, the total death toll from the virus in the US stands at more than 28,300.
The study acknowledged that prolonged distancing would most likely have profoundly negative economic, social, and educational consequences. The study added that SARS-CoV-2 surveillance should still be maintained, even in the case of “apparent elimination,” since a relapse of contagion could be possible as late as 2024.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that infections “surely” have not peaked yet. Similar to 2 million people are diagnosed worldwide and more than 124,000 have died in the most serious pandemic in a century.