Furlough or shield all over sixty year olds

Furlough or shield all over sixty year olds

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As the CDC says “people over 65 are five times more likely to require hospitalisation over COVID-19 and 90 times more likely to die of it”. As the NHS is already struggling during this winter period, people of older age are more likely to be considered “frail” if it comes to deciding between who gets a ventilator, where younger fitter patients will be favoured. Younger patients are now turning up in hospitals with COVID-19 in greater numbers. So why are we making people over 60 work during this current lockdown period as key workers? People are not in the position to take unpaid leave for an undetermined amount of time maybe until March but who knows when the end point is for this current lockdown. As the virus is clearly out of control with this new more transmissible variant.

The government advice classes over 60s as clinically vulnerable and says they should “minimise” contact with other people but that is not clear enough. Employers will still expect them at work if they cannot do so from home. We need to do more to protect this age group with more clarity now. With the sad news that “1 in 50 people in the UK being currently infected with COVID-19” and that there are “40% more people infected with the virus in hospital now than in the first wave in April”; we cannot afford to keep this matter in the grey any longer if we want to prevent further deaths or people over 60 being affected down the line with long COVID.

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