Australia won’t return to normal for TWO YEARS, claims health expert

Coronavirus restrictions will be in place for TWO YEARS due to the pandemic, top health expert claims – as he reveals his step-by-step timeline for Australia to get back to normal

  • Gerry Fitzgerald, a former chief health officer, shared his step-by-step timeline 
  • The professor at QUT believes the world won’t return to normal for two years 
  • The number of coronavirus cases across Australia have significantly dropped 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Life for Australians won’t return back to normal for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, a top health expert has claimed. 

Gerry Fitzgerald, a public health professor at Queensland University of Technology and Queensland’s former chief health officer, has shared his step-by-step timeline for loosening the restrictions introduced to control the spread of COVID-19. 

The number of coronavirus cases across the nation have significantly dropped following the introduction of the strict social distancing rules. 

‘The numbers are really very small that’s good news but we would want to see that good news for a lot longer until we would be comfortable to moving to the next stage,’ Dr Fitzgerald told 9News

A top health expert has claimed it will take two years for the world to return to normal. Pictured: Two police officers on horses patrol on The Bay Run, in Sydney's inner west

A top health expert has claimed it will take two years for the world to return to normal. Pictured: Two police officers on horses patrol on The Bay Run, in Sydney’s inner west

Gerry Fitzgerald, a public health professor at QUT and Queensland's former chief health officer, has shared his step-by-step timeline for loosening the restrictions introduced to control the spread of COVID-19

Gerry Fitzgerald, a public health professor at QUT and Queensland’s former chief health officer, has shared his step-by-step timeline for loosening the restrictions introduced to control the spread of COVID-19

Within the next month or so, Dr Fitzgerald believes students will return to classrooms. Pictured: A student receives a piano lesson on Zoom at her Brisbane home

Within the next month or so, Dr Fitzgerald believes students will return to classrooms. Pictured: A student receives a piano lesson on Zoom at her Brisbane home

Within the next month or so, Dr Fitzgerald believes students will return to classrooms, retaillers will open and workers will return to the office.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan is hopeful schooling will return to normal during the second term.

‘From a commonwealth government’s perspective, what we’re hoping to see is a transition back to full classroom teaching during Term 2,’ federal Education Minister Dan Tehan told ABC TV on Thursday.

‘That’s very much our desire. It’s very consistent with the approach of the medical expert panel, that’s the chief medical officer of the Commonwealth, plus all the states and territories.’

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy has consistently said the advice is schools are safe for children to attend and, while teachers are more at risk from the virus, effective mitigation measures can be put in place. 

Dr Fitzgerald suggests social gatherings, like small dinner parties at home, could be allowed within three months.

The number of coronavirus cases across the nation have significantly dropped following the introduction of the strict social distancing rules. Pictured: A woman wears a face mask out the front of Centrelink

The number of coronavirus cases across the nation have significantly dropped following the introduction of the strict social distancing rules. Pictured: A woman wears a face mask out the front of Centrelink

‘If you know the people who are coming to your house party you can trace them if there is a problem,’ he said.

He has also proposed the reopening of dog parks, playgrounds and gyms around the same time frame.  

The return of restaurants, cafes and pubs would follow next but they would be required to implement strict social distancing measures, Dr Fitzgerald suggested.

This could include spacing tables at least 1.5 metres apart and checking the temperature of diners. 

Timeline on how Australia COULD loosen coronavirus restrictions 

ONE MONTH

Students return to classrooms and workers return to the office.

Retaillers open 

THREE MONTHS

Small dinner parties at home

The reopening of dog parks, gyms and playgrounds

FOUR MONTHS

Pubs, cafes and restaurants open but enforce social distancing measures

THREE TO SIX MONTHS 

Domestic travel and trips to New Zealand

SIX MONTHS

Mass gatherings like concerts and sport matches 

ONE YEAR

International travel

TWO YEARS

World returns to life as it was before coronavirus 

According to Dr Gerry Fitzgerald 

Source: 9News 

Domestic travel and trips to New Zealand could be allowed within three to six months, the professor has hypothesized.

But mass gatherings like concerts and sport matches at stadiums aren’t likely to be on the cards for at least six months due to the sheer volume of people in close proximity.

‘If we go to Suncorp for Broncos (versus) Cowboys we have 50,000 people and therefore the risk of one of them having it is 50,000 times,’ Dr Fitzgerald explained.

Dr Fitzgerald suggested it would take at least a year for travel and two years for the world to return to normal following the health crisis. 

Mass gatherings like concerts and sport matches at stadiums aren't likely to be on the cards for at least six months due to the sheer volume of people in close proximity

Mass gatherings like concerts and sport matches at stadiums aren’t likely to be on the cards for at least six months due to the sheer volume of people in close proximity

 

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