Registered On: September 7, 2015
The difficulty is considering all the factors. Business and mental health are also important.
If it was just stopping the virus we could have a full lockdown with the army delievering food ans ensuring noone goes out. As a democratic country we would not allow this.
A large number of people want & expect the virus to be dealt with but they still carry on with their own lives whilst bending/breaking the rules.
I agree, I don’t think there is a perfect solution to this. Every choice we make has drawbacks, but I think right now a lockdown is the best solution as a lesser of all evils. I appreciate the strain it has on people’s mental health as people cannot engage as they would like with grandchildren, other family and friends. Education will be impacted negatively by remote learning and businesses will be affected. Though, with the economy I don’t think it would be good for it to have healthcare being overwhelmed, so I don’t think the alternative is necessarily better with that.
However, I think we need to look at the worries over deaths and the consequences of an overwhelmed healthcare system and the balance is with doing something to slow this down. If we allow hospitals to become overwhelmed with coronavirus patients other treatments will be impacted, because there is no time or space for those who need treatment for things like cancer. Those focusing on people with underlying health conditions only being at risk from death, as an argument of trying to urge no lockdown, should think of that when putting forward their case. Unless they suggest we don’t treat the old and others with pre-existing health conditions (which could mean asthma or diabetes), which is a view getting towards eugenics.
I agree that there are a proportion of people who won’t make all the sacrifices necessary, and perhaps that is expected in the UK. This is not China where the government can barricade people into their homes, and I am not despondent that we are not like that. However, if we can minimise risk of spreading the virus to as many as possible, so they don’t overwhelm the NHS, it will be worth it, especially as we roll out a vaccination program. In order to do this they need public trust. Various things have damaged this among many, but one way of bringing it back is to be decisive in their choices, giving the impression of control, not saying we can send kids back to school one day before u-turning, giving an extra headache for teachers who had to prepare for in-class learning and now have had to go back to remote.