Remember people are different now

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When this all started lockdown was essential, both to stop an out-of-control spread and to drive home the message that this is a serious situation.

Now most people know someone who has had a nasty (or worse) case of the disease and have been exposed to endless media messages about its effects.

In short, people are now scared.

Which is why people should now be trusted to make their own decisions about how to protect themselves and their families. Over 70's understand they are at risk and what they need to do to keep themselves safe and so they should not be treated differently to the rest of the population.

Tell people what they need to do, give them the resources to do it but let them take the decisions about their own lives.

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A sense of control is known to be a core tenet of good mental health. Without it, we are little more than leaves blown in the wind. Giving people back control over their own lives will not only increase their mental health and wellbeing, but will also help mitigate some of the awful side effects of lockdown such as children being confined to abusive households.

The second reason for this approach is that getting people out of the house again is going to be difficult enough with the current levels of fear and anxiety. The economy must be restarted for all our sakes, but particularly those at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. Continued lockdown affects these people the most and has the biggest impact on them in the long term.

As with most difficult decisions, the easiest decision (continuing lockdown) is unlikely to be the right one. The hard decision is to trust people to do what's needed. The Scots are up to the challenge.

by greengrassofhome on May 07, 2020 at 09:48AM

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