Experts plead for keeping the social bubble small

Experts plead for keeping the social bubble small

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The limitation of physical contact is bearing fruit and the Belgians are not close to regaining their bubble of 15 people in July, write the dailies De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen on Tuesday. The measure may however be relaxed if a drop in the curve (epidemiological, editor’s note) is observed, adds virologist Marc Van Ranst.

The shrinking of the social bubble to five people per household is, according to virologist and Covid-19 interfederal spokesperson Steven Van Gucht, the main reason why the progression of cases is now controllable. “We have gone too far with the social bubble of 15 people.”

The KU Leuven virologist, Marc Van Ranst, also pleads for the maintenance of a “limitation of our social contacts” in the long term. He said restriction will be necessary until a vaccine is found, “as difficult as it may be”. Otherwise, the virus could go freewheeling, experts say. Such a vaccine, however, is unlikely to be available until mid-2021. The holding of large-scale celebrations and events is therefore very uncertain, the newspapers conclude.

All hope is not lost, however, according to Mr. Van Ranst, who stresses that the measures must remain “useful and proportional” in order to maintain the support of the population. “We can be a little more flexible if the curve drops again,” he said. There is no question of being as flexible as in July on the other hand, since “the time between two waves must be as long as possible”.

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