Segment and shield

As we are now more confident that the NHS has capacity to cope with coronavirus cases can we move to trusting vulnerable people to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, if this is what they choose ? This might allow less vulnerable groups greater freedoms.

Why the contribution is important

To have a 'grown up conversation' we need to trust that people will take the precautions they feel necessary to protect themselves. By treating us as responsible adults ,which recent compliance has shown we are, it might be possible to allow the less vulnerable to move quickly forward to the new normal.

by aat on May 06, 2020 at 09:54PM

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  • Posted by BUTEMACS May 06, 2020 at 22:04

    Don't agree with this as it's not just about your ability to protect yourself it's about protecting everyone else as well.
  • Posted by LauraCowan May 07, 2020 at 00:33

    There are too many examples of people not being responsible even in lockdown, these people clearly need unambiguous guidance and a way to enforce the safety rules to protect at risk groups. The government announcement by the health minister on TV & radio & billboards with the rules as restrictions reduce will still be needed.
  • Posted by Djalaodbdld May 07, 2020 at 05:59

    Totally agree. People need to be given the information and then allowed to make their own decisions about how to behave. We have already seen that certain people aren’t abiding by the current rules at all so in reality they are just penalising those who do care about more than just themselves. I genuinely believe that if some rules were relaxed the majority of people would act sensibly and for the greater good and wouldn’t rush back to crowded spaces etc.
  • Posted by BT May 07, 2020 at 09:41

    I totally agree as we need to trust people. Do we really want to return to the nanny state due to massive underfunding and selling off the HNS over the years.
  • Posted by WBRnotes May 07, 2020 at 21:40

    Sadly, like some others here, I agree that not everyone is keen to protect themselves and others. It would be great if everyone would act in their own best interests AND those of others. Happily many do but not everyone does. The fact that roads have become much busier recently, that some businesses are re-opening and that parks are busy with people not just running or walking would seem to indicate that people are not sticking to the lockdown as it is intended to be. And while many people do observe social distancing there are a good few who don't. Another challenge in trusting people to make their own decisions is that there are areas where they really can't - as for example when it comes to returning to work. Unless adequate protection is put in place for them, then they may find themselves having to work in situations that leave them in real danger of contracting COVID-19 - and that won't be good for any of us.
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