People who are Shielding

I would like to suggest that people who are currently shielding should be made to keep shielding till such a time that the medical evidence suggest it is safe for them to stop shielding.
I understand the economic imperative for the lockdown to reopen but we have to recognise the fact that some people are more vulnerable and at a greater risk of drying from this virus than othersand we ha e to do everything possible as a country to protect those vulnerable among us.. That is what makes us human.

Also, those of them on the furlough scheme or any support scheme should be allowed to stay on it till it is deemed safe for the them to go about their normal activities or safely return allowed to work.

Why the contribution is important

This is important because as we clamour rightly to reopen society we are most likely to lose sight of the fact that although it might be safe for the majority of people to resume life as normal, it might not be so for the most vulnerable people who have been shielding.

It is also important that as the government contemplates winding down the furlough scheme, they ensure that those shielding and are currently on that scheme are provided some financial support.

by Fdawsi1975 on May 05, 2020 at 02:51PM

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  • Posted by Maztee May 05, 2020 at 15:10

    People with underlying health issues should remain shielding.
  • Posted by kirssybelle May 05, 2020 at 15:19

    Family members of those who are shielding should also be protected with working rights, as anyone who is living with someone who is shielding will put them at risk if they are not adhering to strict social distancing.
  • Posted by ianmac May 05, 2020 at 15:23

    Those shielding are at greatest risk and therefore precautionary principle should apply. Science must be followed before any change in policy.
  • Posted by Heathfielder May 06, 2020 at 08:35

    Alternatively, the main focus of current frequent testing, tracking and isolating should be the (already identified) hotspots e.g. half of care homes, plus the ‘vulnerables’ category
    This would reduce the local and national R numbers and enable progression with lockdown easing. Going forward prioritised regular testing, tracking, isolating etc should apply to all vulnerables, with any spare capacity used for non-vulnerables!
  • Posted by Tom9nn May 09, 2020 at 08:29

    A universal basic income could be trialled using those who are being shielded.
  • Posted by moray11 May 10, 2020 at 11:40

    This is a sensible solution to get the majority back to work and protect the vulnerable.

    As stated it is important to financially support those shielding either by furlough continuation or government support otherwise people will be forced to risk their health and go back to work when it isn`t safe
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