The virus isnt going away, we need to live with it for years

The first isnt going away. We dont have a cure for the common cold or the seasonal flu, were not going to get a cure for this virus either. Are we going to stay in some sort of lockdown limbo for the next 6 weeks.....6 months or 6 years? We need to accept were not going to win, were going to have to live with it like we do with the seasonal Flu. Protect the vulnerable and sick. Allow family members to visit them Use the new hospitals built and extra capacity created in the NHS. Un-lock the economy. Let us go back to work. We can wear masks. We can wash our hands.

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We are already in the new normal.

by petermuir79 on May 09, 2020 at 02:07PM

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  • Posted by Steveg May 09, 2020 at 14:14

    Totally agree we can’t go on with this lockdown hoping that they find a vaccine, it has been reported that this could take years for a vaccine to be found if ever.
  • Posted by SteveR57 May 09, 2020 at 14:17

    100% agree. Even the mythical vaccine may be months away before it evens past the regulatory body for approval. Manufacturing and rolling it out will likely take a year beyond this. Has this (or any other) country ever vaccinated all its citizens? ....at one go!?
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 14:18

    If we are lucky we will just have a future interim norm then a permanent new norm. Solitary confinement for the vulnerable and sick is unacceptable in a civilised society.
  • Posted by LesleyMacKenzie May 09, 2020 at 14:38

    If we are to have any chance of avoiding a total disaster with the economy we need to get back to work and accept that until a vaccine is developed the best we can do us suppress the virus by sensible and achievable measures. People will get the virus eventually and sadly some will die. We can't stay in our houses, pay furlough, close businesses stop treating other health conditions until a vaccine is found.
  • Posted by Dm77 May 09, 2020 at 14:46

    Totally agree. There is no guarantee that a vaccine will be found. Even if it is, surely long term testing will be required to ensure there will be no unknown side effects in subsequent years. A bit wary of a wonder treatment being rushed through and then long term side effects becoming apparent, such as what happened with thalidomide in the 1950's and 60's.
  • Posted by Agent_c May 09, 2020 at 16:35

    Hazard reduction is no substitute for hazard avoidance.
  • Posted by Movingforward May 09, 2020 at 16:52

    I completely agree that we need now to get on with living alongside this virus. We cannot continue to live like this with all the adverse indirect costs to people with other health conditions, to our children and young people ( who are not except in rare cases ) adversely affected by the virus, and to people’s livelihoods. The idea of staying locked down is nonsense because we cannot afford to continue to do the huge financial bailouts.
  • Posted by Allan2468 May 09, 2020 at 17:32

    no lifting lockdown until virus has been eradicated from scotland, and only allow essential travel through the scottish border.
  • Posted by tammymac May 09, 2020 at 17:53

    Yes, I agree. The common cold killed many Eskimos when the white races first brought it in, as they had no immunity to it. It now doesn't affect them that way. We have amazing immune systems, if we take care of ourselves - that can also develop immunity to this virus. Maybe we could mandate for vitamins & minerals like they did in the 2nd WW? In Scotland, we are often low in Vitamin D & Zinc, both important for a strong immune system. Seriously promote health living - as seriously as we promoted 'Staying Safe' etc and giving people a living wage/income so they are more able to do that. Fear also suppresses the immune system. So promoting healthy ways of being & living and reducing fear (of jobs, income, health, social connection) is vitally important. Thank-fully, many many more people across the world have recovered from Covid 19 than have died. I wish we would look more at that and how they have recovered.
  • Posted by Captain_haddock May 09, 2020 at 18:26

    The vast majority will survive this if they catch it. We should never have locked down, we can’t eradicate like some people seem to think it’s here to stay. Sweden appears to be the only country that has acted sensibly and looking at the long term sustainability of any measures. We locked down to save the NHS, which now has loads more capacity and is not under any threat of being overwhelmed. Time is up let’s the economy going and the schools back, it’s complete nonsense continuing with this.
  • Posted by JanS20025 May 10, 2020 at 14:18

    100% agree. We are sleep walking into an economic disaster which will have a catastrophic impact on public health.
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