COVID 19 Risk Analysis to include Psychosocial expertise

When the government risk assess the impact of COVID 19 they need to include a range of expertise, including public health experts, virologists, psychologists and psychosocial advisors. The population needs to be protected from COVID 19. However, this needs to be balanced with the potential mental health impact of loneliness, loss of jobs and livelihoods, gaps in education, isolation, economic uncertainty, inability to access the NHS for other conditions - and the resultant deaths that occur.
My own thoughts are that we come out of lockdown through: maintaining some restrictions on travel and keeping it local to prevent spread of infection; enabling family / friendship bubbles of say up to ten people; restricting large gatherings; continuing with social distancing; allowing more businesses / services to re-open with social distancing guidelines; enabling adjustments to restrictions for people with autism / disabilities who need specific requirements; ensuring people who can to get back to work do so remotely or under social distancing guidelines; ensuring factual and non sensational reporting in the media so people can make accurate judgements.

Why the contribution is important

My idea is important in that it presents a holistic approach to risk assessment, which balances the risk from COVID 19, versus the potential deaths from the impact of restrictions on child / adult mental health, loneliness, loss of livelihoods and de-prioritising treatment for other serious health conditions.

by eilidhbrown on May 06, 2020 at 09:54AM

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  • Posted by TonyFinn May 06, 2020 at 10:18

    Agree with this but do not agree with keeping travel local what’s the difference how far give people some credit and trust them to do the right thing and be considerate
  • Posted by IndyScot1000 May 06, 2020 at 10:56

    I agree the psychological side effects of covid could be many, that’s why we shouldn’t ease up on lockdown now, as we might have to return to it. A lot of people wouldn’t easily return to it and therefore might be a waste of time. The stress could be too much for people.
  • Posted by Rachel_T1502 May 06, 2020 at 11:45

    Agree with idea of including expertise from psychologists on impact of lockdown measures to get the right balance
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