Shield the high risk - Get the majority back to work.

The Government should focus on potecting the groups which the scientific evidence clearly shows as being the most vulnerable, whilst the vast majority of the healthy population get back to work. This would require a risk based strategy, with some relevant social restrictions to minimise the rate of future infection rates.

Why the contribution is important

It lets people take responsibilty for their own health, gets society back to something approaching normality, be it somewhat different, and gets the economy started again.

by geforse1 on May 10, 2020 at 07:11PM

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  • Posted by OldDeuteronomy May 10, 2020 at 19:18

    As is being done in England. Crucial.
  • Posted by ArchieM May 10, 2020 at 19:32

    You are not allowed to think for yourself. Our Scottish Government does not allow the individual to think for themselves hence the lockdown is continued. Similarly not allowed to question the nanny state approach.

    So our Scottish Government still tells us to “stay home “ but we can go out as often as we want to exercise. (But no sunbathing no taps aff even when you are out walking).. yep really clear message there.
  • Posted by Opportunity May 10, 2020 at 19:48

    Scientific evidence is also being generated as we speak that a number of risk factors exist beyond age and comorbidities.
    Even young people with no known risk factors have been severly affected and some died.
    Children have been identified to spread the disease the same way as adults, without being particularly at risk themselves.
    However, there have been cases affecting children reported in US, UK, France and Italy, where severe symptoms similar to the Kawasaki-syndrome had to be treated and even led to some deaths.

    To send the vast majority back to work and only shield some of the identified risk groups, would be a dangerous gamble, morally and ethically not acceptable and from an economic perspective destructive since a second wave could have even more impact.

    Frankly, I wonder whether anybody who claims that the economy needs restarting (far too early) has questioned his/her own statements from how many deaths that person is willing to accept as a price?
  • Posted by MikeJohnston May 10, 2020 at 20:42

    Dear Opportunity, please see my idea about the 'acceptable level of deaths' which unfortunately doesn't seem to have attracted much interest.

    Why do I bother?.
  • Posted by KJF May 10, 2020 at 20:52

    The Scottish Government are right to wait to ease restrictions. We have the luxury of watching what is happening in other countries as they ease their restrictions and, most importantly to learn from their mistakes.

    Also, we do not want to repeat the mistakes of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918 when the second wave of infections was the worst.
  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 10, 2020 at 20:53

    Totally agree Opportunity.
  • Posted by OldDeuteronomy May 10, 2020 at 20:59

    Yes, there have been a few children who have suffered, even died from Covid, but the number is small compared to the more vulnerable groups. We desperately need to get the economy working again, the young back to school (if they are not to suffer for the rest of their lives), and the vast majority of the population back to work. Some will tragically die, there is no doubt, but a lot more deaths through Covid collateral damage will very soon be reported if the pressure is not eased shortly. It's common sense.
  • Posted by Jammie May 10, 2020 at 22:33

    Low risk people are protecting those at high risk by working from home and not attending school. Once everyone starts mingling more freely, the virus will too (especially by the low-risk/ asymptomatic); those at high risk will remain captive forever (unable to help their families too) and the lower risk will have to return to full quarantine conditions to dampen its spread again, undoing all the effort of the past 7 weeks.
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