Refinement of Shielded Status

At present, the shielding measures are a bit of a catch all with highest risk people (transplant recipients etc) grouped with people at, I assume, lower risk. As a fit and otherwise healthy person, although mildly immuno-suppressed, I believe a grading or risk assessment exercise is required to enable as many shielded people as possible to enjoy the recently announced likely relaxations of the current lock down while still avoiding high people density situations and distancing difficulties.

Why the contribution is important

Prolonged lockdown has, at best, an insidious effect on everyone. Morale and mental health are being eroded as time goes on. Once lockdown is relaxed, imagine the impact on any individual who was denied the ability to visit family when their spouse was able to do so. Devastating for both. The proposal to consider small groups of friends to meet in suitable open space (golf course I presume fits this ?) is an excellent idea. The boost to overall wellbeing is massive and needs to be as inclusive as possible.

by david_aberdeen on May 05, 2020 at 03:27PM

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  • Posted by JohnT May 05, 2020 at 15:54

    Shielded status is for the benefit of the person. If you are shielded and want to go out, go. It is your health/life that is at risk. It is like riding a motorcycle. It is a choice the person themselves makes.
  • Posted by bank65 May 05, 2020 at 16:58

    I would suggest a revision of the shielding categories to include the demographics and the individual characteristics of those who sadly died in the first wave of Covid 19. Highlighting the beneficial changes to lifestyle choices that people, who are at risk, could make.
  • Posted by sandiegee May 05, 2020 at 18:57

    Totally agree with the original post - I am on a drug that suppresses my immune system however I don't even catch the cold when I'm out and about living my normal life (pre Covid) so to be able to get out, visit my daughter and son in law (and the dog) will do wonders for my mental health. Re the comment about going out if you want to - some of us do as we're asked! People going out because they want to is what is causing the delay for the rest of us coming out of lockdown I'd certainly be interested in the demographics but as we can't even get an accurate R I'd think it'd be highly unlikely that we'd get accurate stats for this
  • Posted by activeandvibrant May 10, 2020 at 17:44

    Couldn’t agree more. As adults you need to make your own choices.
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