The shielding program needs to be further looked at. The 12 weeks from initial shielding announcement will soon be at an end. As a social worker i have had contact with a number of people shielding who have gone from being active in their communities to have minimal social interactions. It's been great that the hubs have been set up and people can get extra support but this is going to have a lasting impact on some very vulnerable people. I would suggest a nuanced approach to shielding, where there is graded exposure to allow people to have some level of interactions. The member of the public who are shielding will only find things harder as the rest of the countries lockdown begins to be relaxed. Which is clearly what is happening at the moment unofficially. The streets and roads are significantly busier at the moment as lockdown fatigue is setting in. People are seeing the numbers going down and starting to believe things are getting better.
Why the contribution is important
The idea I believe is important because the most vulnerable who are shielding are struggling now. They are literally scared for their lives. They've been told that they need to shield for 12 weeks which is now nearly over and there realistically won't be an exit strategy for those who are shielding after the 12 week period.
by davidthomson333 on May 05, 2020 at 11:05PM