Too early to get the party started as social haunts prove to be a virus’s best friend

Noisy places with poor ventilation are an ideal environment for Covid-19 to move easily from one person to another

9th August, 2020
Too early to get the party started as social haunts prove to be a virus’s best friend
Customers at a nightclub in South Carolina last week: as elsewhere globally, large clusters have emanated from bars and clubs in the US. Picture: Bloomberg

“I can't see how people can be in packed pubs again as long as this virus is still with us and we don't have a vaccine or an effective treatment.”

These were the words of former health minister Simon Harris back in mid-April, at the peak of the initial wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although his comments caused consternation at the time, four months on, the prospect of carefree carousing looks further away...

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