Ending coronavirus lockdowns will be a dangerous process of trial and error | Science | AAAS

May 2, 2020


Exit strategy

For now, the most likely scenario is one of easing social distancing measures when it’s possible, then clamping down again when infections climb back up, a “suppress and lift” strategy that both Singapore and Hong Kong are pursuing. Whether that approach can strike the right balance between keeping the virus at bay and easing discontent and economic damage remains to be seen.

Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, says a path out of the dilemma now facing the world will come from research. It might take the form of an effective treatment for severely ill patients, or a drug that can prevent infections in health care workers,
or—ultimately—a vaccine. “Science is the exit strategy,” Farrar says. “}}