Brits could wear Covid face masks FOREVER as coronavirus will ‘always be with us’, warns JVT

The top medic add that lockdown will probably be with us until “mid to late Spring”.

The professor also cautioned that the virus will be with us “for the foreseeable future”.

Prof Van-Tam said during an exclusive interview with The Sun: “The pandemic has changed a lot of things. It has changed the way you and I approach hand hygiene. 

“We all carry hand sanitiser around now, we all expect in most of the places we go into that hand sanitiser is provided at the door.

“I think there are going to be people who make a personal decision to say, you know what, when I’m in a crowded place in the winter I’m going to put a face covering on. When I’m on a tube I am going to put a face covering on.”

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JVT: “The pandemic has changed a lot of things. It has changed the way you and I approach hand hygiene. We all carry hand sanitiser around now, we all expect in most of the places we go into that hand sanitiser is provided at the door.

“I think there are going to be people who make a personal decision to say, you know what, when I’m in a crowded place in the winter I’m going to put a face covering on. When I’m on a tube I am going to put a face covering on.

“I really don’t think the government has any intention that we should all walk around forever and a day distinguishing each other only by peering through a face covering.

“But I think individuals at different levels will choose to keep some of the infection precautionary behaviour that we have had to adopt as a matter of absolute necessity during Covid.”