A Public Health England official has warned people to prepare for a “harsh winter” with Covid-19 looming and a flu outbreak still possible.
Dr. Susan Hopkins, who advises the government on its Covid policy, said the NHS needs to be prepared for a possible surge in respiratory viruses as people wait to find out if the population has high levels of immunity.
Dr. Hopkins, Strategic Response Director of Covid-19 at Public Health England, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think we need to prepare for a tough winter, not just with coronavirus, but we have had a year with no respiratory viruses of any kind Kind, and that may mean the population’s immunity to it is lower, so we can see the flu rise.
“We could raise other respiratory viruses and other respiratory pathogens.”
Dr. Hopkins added, “So it is really important that from the NHS, public health and contact traceability perspective, we are prepared, that we have everything ready to prepare for a difficult autumn, and we hope that.” this is not the case and there will be a normal winter for all of us. “
Dr. Hopkins said she thinks “we’re all going to have our summer vacation” but her job is to advise the government and prepare for “worst-case scenarios”.
She told the program, “We need to make sure we are prepared and that we are better prepared for this fall than we were before.”