Why a prolonged lockdown is a huge risk.

Why a prolonged lockdown is a huge risk.

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A prolonged lockdown is a huge risk.

The lockdown is having huge consequences on people’s mental health, our economy, our freedom and human rights. I am in no way undermining the tragic loss that people have suffered from losing loved ones, the amazing work the NHS and other key workers are doing. However, this lockdown is at risk of causing many, many more problems.

We are seeing the traumatic effects this is having on people. Across the globe people are struggling to feed their families, losing their jobs due to the lockdown. The Red Cross has said  "This is a social bomb that can explode at any moment, because they don't have any way to have an income." Many people have lost their jobs, their family and are scared of the unknown. This is affecting people’s mental health massively. People miss their family, are scared of losing their jobs, their income, their homes. 

I am someone who has been previously suffering with mental health and already a week in, I am struggling as I am sure many are, due to many factors. I am so scared that I don’t know when this will end, all the work I have done to improve my mental health is diminishing. This lockdown is risking people to not only develop serious mental health issues such as eating disorders, depression but is also risking those with mental health. 

According to the Worldometer, China tragically lost 3,292 people to coronavirus. However, in the U.K last year there were 6,859 suicides, and experts sadly expect this to rise. This is a serious concern. 

We are also risking a great economic depression, Senior figures across government are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of keeping widespread restrictions in place for months on end, fearing that more than three months of full-scale lockdown will plunge the UK economy into a depression from which it could take a decade to recover.” This an extract from a news article, this suggests that we will be struggling to recover from the damage of a prolonged lock down for 10 years. 

This lockdown is also putting many people at a huge risk, people who are at risk in their homes. Domestic abuse will effect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime. We are putting vulnerable people’s lives at risk by putting them into lockdown. This is another newspaper extract. “For some, the home is a dangerous place, and the COVID-19 lockdown has, in effect, isolated victims of domestic abuse from supportive and protective relationships, by locking them down with their abuser.“

I understand how important it is to reduce the risk of the spread of this pandemic. I understand how dangerous this is. However, we are risking so many lives and futures through lockdown too. So many are struggling.

 The government have multiple choices when choosing an exit strategy, and it’s important for them to fully see the impact this lockdown is having. They need to understand the risk of lockdown for many months. The current strategies in place to help with mental health is NOT enough. 

Please sign so the government can see the risk and damage a prolonged lockdown will have on everyone.  

Thank you. 

 

 

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