Infectious Diseases Epidemiologists advise that it is too early to open up society

Dr Kathryn Snow and Professor James McCaw, infectious diseases epidemiologists at the University of Melbourne advise that it is too early to lift social restrictions at large risk of a large secondary wave of infections.

“Any epidemic is a random, unpredictable process like a bushfire….At the moment we have spot fires, but they have a habit of surprising you.”

“There’s no surveillance system in the world that picks up every single case. We will still need other risk mitigation in place, and for this virus that means social distancing until we have a vaccine.”

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Dr Lachlan Soper