One other person, once a week

Vulnerable people should be able to see one extra person - as long as neither have symptoms. This could start with once a week to monitor its impact. This would lessen the impact on people’s mental health and ability to get support. From the feedback on this platform and the media, the impact on people’s mental health is massive, especially those who are alone or need extra support. Vulnerable people include: • single person households • elderly • partners who live apart • single parents • those with mental health conditions • people who are disabled or with chronic illness • parents with children with ASN who need support from family It would be interesting to know collectively, what % of the population this effects. I’m confident it would be very high.

Why the contribution is important

• This simple, low risk action would have a massive impact on a very large number of people. • We NEED to first focus those who are vulnerable. This situation has a worse impact on those who are vulnerable and than those with the physical and emotional support of others. • The absence of human contact and support should not be underestimated. • The fallout of resulting mental health issues will have a different kind of overwhelming impact on the NHS • It will be a significant life line for those who really need it and allow them to cope with the remainder of the lockdown with more resilience.

by SAM on May 11, 2020 at 10:17AM

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Average rating: 4.8
Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by StuartK5871 May 11, 2020 at 10:28

    A very good idea as it keeps the risk levels low (unlike the 10 person social bubbles) and provides support and care to the vulnerable in society - raging from the elderly through to people isolated in high rise flats for whatever reason. One additional person (providing both sides are sensible and take precautions) will not raise the Rx number as the 'one person' could/should be co chosen so that it's not increasing the network. The advantages of having that one person can't be overestimated as it will provide a lifeline for so many people - and the potential of childcare to speed up returns to work or even just to take the pressure off
  • Posted by davidcoffield May 11, 2020 at 10:36

    Commonsense, especially if all parties keep as safe as they can, then the benefits should outweigh the risks.
  • Posted by sandiegee May 11, 2020 at 10:58

    100% agree. It would be treating us like adult which is what the first minister keeps telling us she wants to do
  • Posted by dam19 May 11, 2020 at 12:54

    If people are symptom free and part of the defined bubble I don't see why they can't meet more regularly. My partner and I live 200+ miles apart and we haven't seen each other for 8 weeks. This is really affecting both of our mental wellbeing and a solution needs to be found so that we can resume some form of normality again soon.
  • Posted by debshill12 May 11, 2020 at 21:52

    This would help those with mental health conditions, especially those who live alone, or are extremely vulnerable and can't get out.
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