Circuit breaker - then what?

What is the long term aim of a circuit breaker? Each time it pushes us further into flu season. It might be helpful to delay if we were weeks from a full vaccine programme or innovative new treatment. But it doesn’t buy us anything at present. It just means cases rise again and the impact of such a second lockdown will be catastrophic. You are losing support - people are exhausted and desperately need a break. To circuit break over the October holiday will shatter any remaining faith parents have

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A proposed circuit breaker is going to decimate the fragile economy and destroy already rock bottom morale. You are losing support.

by Gill on October 05, 2020 at 10:19PM

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  • Posted by Ideas81 October 06, 2020 at 09:35

    Agree that there has to be data to show benefit of circuit breaker. It will be very damaging to economy and mental health so if there are minimal benefits it shouldn’t be done. If the data however shows a great benefit then it should go ahead but only for a short period in October while furlough is still in place
  • Posted by getusoutofhere October 06, 2020 at 10:08

    Completely agree, this idea of a breaker is complete madness. The virus needs to be getting over it’s worse before the winter sets in, shutting anything more will destroy our businesses and put millions more on unemployment for Christmas. After everything people have been through to be without an income for Christmas is devastating. Support for what you are doing diminishes every day now.
  • Posted by Scottlebusiness October 06, 2020 at 12:06

    It's clear that the gov don't have a viable plan
  • Posted by Fionafrgsn October 06, 2020 at 12:27

    Absolutely agree. Everyone seems to be running round in circles with no progress being made. Local lockdowns if large numbers in that area but let everyone else function as “normal” and help the economy.
  • Posted by AuroraB October 06, 2020 at 18:17

    This is why I think if we're going to hve a circuit breaker it should be as part of a proper elimination/ maximal suppression strategy, which would get us out of this endless cycle of lockdown and release and allow a return to much more normal life
  • Posted by netherlee October 06, 2020 at 20:06

    Lockdown has not stopped the virus, so having a circuit breaker will just kick the can down the road in to the winter and the fu season. And if the NHS is not ready to deal with it now, it never will be. Jobs, family relationships and our society are going to fall apart. Many very elderly people are suffering and they want to decide on their own risks, and we should all be now able to do this. Being nannied by some very uncertain science is not helping at all. iihave been a supporter of the government but I think they are being too cautious and led by civil servant, NHS workers etc who can afford to be ultra cautious, the rest of us can not. I've already lost my job, and i am so concerned for all the young people.
    We need to let the vulnerable shield if they want/need to and the rest of us need to get on with our lives.
  • Posted by FreeToChoose October 10, 2020 at 18:02

    SG are in dither mode. They have no idea how to get the country back to some semblance of normality. All their strategies for tackling the virus are based on case numbers, clearly presuming the recent rises if left unchecked will lead to a collapse of the NHS. Yes hospital admissions are rising, as are deaths, but the numbers are tiny. Almost all the recent cases are in the under 65s but very few in this category have died. Hospital admissions are also on the increase but they don’t break down the demographics so we don’t know if they are old, young, male, female, have co-morbities, etc. I would venture that almost all of them are the old with co-morbidities. So what evidence is being used to justify locking down half the country? You won’t find it in the recent “evidence paper”, a litany of misinformation, omission, hyperbole and excess verbosity.
  • Posted by Scarty October 11, 2020 at 14:09

    I don’t think anything will work as long as people aren’t even following the basics like social distancing hygiene and correct mask wearing. As long as a proportion of the population keep thinking this virus is a joke that doesn’t impact them things won’t change.
  • Posted by Suzie October 11, 2020 at 17:48

    We have to get the virus under control before we can safely have a break and get the economy working again- patience is needed and compliance, or we could be in this for longer than need be. We need to find new ways of living and socialising until we beat the virus for good.
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