A year has passed since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Everyday lives have been upended as people have been forced to work from home through lockdowns. The long-term consequences of these abrupt shifts are already apparent in millions of job losses and the significant increase in poor mental health throughout the global population. Indeed, many experts believe COVID-19 will become endemic, suggesting an uncertain future to come.
Emma Ross and Professor David Heymann host Dr David Nabarro, special envoy on COVID-19 for the WHO, to discuss what to expect, as restrictions ease, as the world returns to ‘normal’:
When is the right time to transition from emergency mode to a regular disease control programme?
Will preparedness for the next pandemic become part of the norm and what might that look like?
How might working life, travel and socializing be different in the next few years?
And what planning is happening at the global level to manage the disease and its impacts on society moving forward?
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