Continued hand washing and distance for two to three years

Washing hands e. coli infections in BergenWashing his hands.Photo: Heiko Junge / SCANPIX
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A new study shows that more people take infection control rules more lightly, while many expect a new peak of infection in the autumn. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) says the rules must be used for a long time.

A survey conducted by Opinion for the Red Cross shows that one in four Norwegians take simple infection control measures such as hand washing and physical distance more lightly. At the same time, almost four out of five respond in the same survey that they are expecting a new peak of infection this autumn.

President Robert Mood of the Red Cross says he is concerned about the numbers.

“Good infection control is just as important now as it was three months ago. Fighting the corona pandemic is a joint effort where everyone must contribute for us to succeed,” says Mood.

He is supported by Senior Consultant Preben Aavitsland at the National Institute of Public Health, who tells NRK that it could take up to three years before the entire population can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“So we can get used to staying home when we are sick, washing our hands and keeping our distance from people, because we have to do that for two or three years,” says Aavitsland.

He says the NIPH has given advice and guidance to the country’s municipalities on how they should be prepared when dealing with outbreaks throughout the autumn.

“Now it’s time for them to prepare for the autumn with a possible new outbreak of infection that will be detected and stopped.”

In the survey, nine out of ten respondents also answer that they support a new shutdown if a new spread of the virus should occur.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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