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Over 70s to self isolate
Dodie66 · 14/03/2020 21:36
Over 70s are going to be told to self isolate even if they don’t have the virus and this will be coming in 5-20 days and last 4 months
nellodee · 14/03/2020 22:40
8.76% of the UK's population are over 70.
We still need 60-80% of the TOTAL population to catch this in order to get that much vaunted herd immunity. Given the figures involved, and the way exponential spread works, the NHS are still going to be overloaded. Let's put CFR with an overloaded NHS, but a more vigorous remaining population, at 0.4%. Let's also work with the more optimistic 60% figure.
We're now looking at 159,000 deaths amongst the under 70s needed to give that herd immunity.
chomalungma · 14/03/2020 22:41
t’s only an idea with merits to people it doesn’t affect
Older people are more vulnerable to this virus. Trying to reduce exposure to it is a sensible idea. The NHS is struggling at the moment. Our local ICU is full.
It's a way to encourage older people to reduce their chances of exposure but it has massive implications for them at home.
Many people are already making changes to reduce their exposure at the moment by only doing what they need to do.
MyDcAreMarvel · 14/03/2020 22:42
@MyDcAreMarvel if schools are closed who is going to look after the children of essential workers?
It’s been said many many times that exactly what is happening in other countries the children of essential workers will be given care with in schools or elsewhere. Are you being deliberately obtuse?
AgentCooper · 14/03/2020 22:45
How is this going to work for elderly people who have regular medical appointments or need in house care? Sorry if I’m being dense but that’s a lot of people. My MIL needs her leg looked at every week and FIL also has regular appointments. They rely on DH and SIL to get them to these appointments. Will HCPs start doing all care in people’s homes, and if so does that not still present quite a big risk of infection?
Llyn · 14/03/2020 22:45
@TedsFederationRep - it’s kind of you to think of your neighbours. However, I’ve read that the coronavirus can live on surfaces, including paper, for several days, so if there’s any chance that you’ve come into contact with it yourself that could be unwittingly introducing it directly into their homes....
TabbyStar · 14/03/2020 22:46
The theory of it is brilliant, if you were talking about mentally and emotionally robust people, but in many cases you are not. They have often suffered multiple bereavements, they are physically frail, dealing with frightening health conditions, possibly facing cognitive difficulties. The reality of those of us supporting frail parents and others is totally different.
user1471439240 · 14/03/2020 22:46
The elderly are the people at risk, by not locking down they are only risking themselves and other elderly people. With respect, this is a serious situation, once in a generation. Younger, working age people have more to lose - their jobs, their houses, have child care issues, are key workers, emergency workers, delivery workers, nuclear plant operators. It is a good idea.
chomalungma · 14/03/2020 22:51
Many older people still have to get out to the local post office or bank to pay bills. To get money out. (If they can find such a thing)
Many of them aren't on the internet. They don't do 'online' stuff.
There could be some real disaster stories from this.
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