Truth, we can take it

Be honest with people. Boris stood up in March and told us the truth, were going to catch this virus and some people are going to die. Wasnt nice to hear but it was the truth. We cannot let the country grind to a halt. We have spare capacity in hospitals and you have built a new hospital in Glasgow to take the extra pressure. People at high risk should be supported at home, with family bubbles allowed to support and visit them. The rest of us should be allowed to return to as close as normal as possible. Yes we should: Work from home where possible. Social Distance where possible (where no possible masks and increased hand washing) Increased testing, including antibody testing.....still not been told why this hasn't been tapped up.

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by petermuir79 on May 09, 2020 at 11:57AM

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  • Posted by Leanne0987 May 09, 2020 at 13:00

    Boris Johnston also put forward the idea of ‘herd immunity’ this approach is part of the reason the UK is the second worst affected country in the world with over 30,000 deaths. I think given the scandal that has went on down at Westminster Scotland is right to take its own approach if it means saving lives. Historically when there has been a pandemic the second wave take far more lives. When lifting the lockdown restrictions this needs to be considered. We are not ready to “return to close to normal as possible” when the death rates are still high and the R number is not low enough The fact there was over 600 deaths yesterday in England and talks are taking place about bubble, that is a disgrace at this point
  • Posted by codenamev May 09, 2020 at 13:23

    Agree 100% we now know enough to make sensible adjustments, ie- protect the vulnerable and let the rest of us get back to work etc etc we are committing social and cultural suicide for a virus that is no more deadlier than the flu to 18-60 age groups ! Swedish model was the most sensible vs UK/Scottish snowflake response !
  • Posted by SteveR57 May 09, 2020 at 13:43

    Agree. Protect the elderly and let the country head towards a controlled return post the end of May. If we do not then I fear we may have a hugely diminished country to get back to. Unless some creative new economics is created we will be paying for this at the end of this century
  • Posted by Jeremy May 09, 2020 at 13:44

    I tend to agree with this. If we are locked down for another 6 weeks, or another 6 months, then the virus will still be here, and probably still without a vaccine to treat it with. I think it was always the case that, without a vaccine, circa 80% or more of the population will get this virus sooner or later, and that the lockdown was there to play for time to allow government and the NHS to get their act together - as individuals we are no safer now than we were 7 weeks ago. There is an argument that now the authorities are in a better place, that the lockdown is relaxed to allow a degree of normality to return. Sure, people will continue to get ill and that is part of the ‘new normal’ - awful phrase, but as much part of the truth as anything else you will hear. Waiting around in lockdown limbo for many months more will ultimately result in a massive death rate from all the usual diseases which are currently being largely ignored by then NHS. If I was really obsessed with doom , I would also say that further extended lockdown will inevitably lead to the breakdown of law and order, economic disaster and the destruction of society - high stakes indeed, and probably no right answer without a vaccine.
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 15:07

    Many of the open up suggestions include protect the vulnerable and elderly, which means solitary confinement and/or death. In essence a suggestion to eschew the concept of Society. and get back to having our smart Tv's and cars and nice restaurants, albeit without the elderly and vulnerable. Those who advocate the herd immunity slaughter of the elderly and vulnerable, have slowed the testing and tracing, and are now nudging through the media, the idea that "everyone " has had enough and wants to "just let it rip". These people seem certain that Covid-19 will not change or be replaced, to be more deadly to the young and fit, and that the measures required to be imagined and implemented now, will never be needed again. There is little choice but to hunker down and learn what it takes to control any pandemic in the future.
  • Posted by Balderdash May 09, 2020 at 15:54

    We need to crack on with an antibody test. At some stage we have to come out of lockdown and see what happens. Yes we can go slow, and we need to do proper contact tracing. Let's not forget that part of the strategy is to stop the NHS being overwhelmed not to stop people getting the virus. And keep in mind that for most people the evidence is that the illness is not life-threatening
  • Posted by fishnchips May 10, 2020 at 18:43

    Perhaps it would help if the government lowered the state pension age to 60 years old. This would allow vulnerable older people to not only stay safe but allow younger people to access jobs and hope and help rebuild the economy. Better by far to allow safe growth than no growth .... the young people are all of our future ... the older need protected. Allow the old people to retire and give the young a chance.
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