At risk definition

Over 70s are considered at risk because of statistics. However that does not mean that everyone if a certain age is necessarily at greater risk than someone in a other age group simply on age alone. The GMC and Royak College of GPs have both written to Government expressing their disagreement with the blanket policies based based purely on an arbitrary age and the increasing mental health issues caused.
Can we find a better risk assessment strategy.

Why the contribution is important

Many people are adversely affected by blanket restrictions based on one criterion. There may many over 70s who have more robust health and immune systems than some who are younger.
This selection of people by their birthday may only make overall illness worse and compliance with regulations difficult if not impossible. Laws need to be able to be followed

by GSS on May 10, 2020 at 01:05PM

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  • Posted by lynr May 10, 2020 at 13:16

    It should not be a law at all.
    People should self select whether they isolate.
    We certainly should do everything to support those who do feel it the best course for their individual circumstances.
  • Posted by Woodsider May 11, 2020 at 10:13

    I know many over 70s who have worked hard at retaining their physical and mental fitness. They should be encouraged to maintain this as that is the best protection against being adversely affected by Covid. Staying at home and being relatively inactive is not a good way to go for anyone elderly. Individuals should be allowed to assess their own levels of risk.
  • Posted by BONGI20 May 11, 2020 at 20:23

    The vulnerable group includes those people who are entitled to an annual flu jag. In Scotland this includes everyone over 65. So should the vulnerable group not be referred to as those over 65, rather than over 70?
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