Close schools and ban large gatherings now to slow down UK Coronavirus infection rates

Close schools and ban large gatherings now to slow down UK Coronavirus infection rates

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Clare Swain started this petition to UK Governnent and Department of Health (Prime Minister)

Is hand washing, coughing into tissues and not touching your face enough? 

I am genuinely concerned to read that Richard Horton, the Editor in Chief of the Lancet, has tweeted “The UK government—Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson—claim they are following the science. But that is not true. The evidence is clear. We need urgent implementation of social distancing and closure policies. The government is playing roulette with the public. This is a major error”.

From everything I’ve read and from looking at the quickly escalating infection and death rates in mainland Europe, there is no material benefit to the UK population of delaying this obvious next step. To suggest on the one hand that they are following science but on the other they are delaying to avoid social fatigue is confusing. Surely either it is or is not the right thing to do irrespective of whether people comply? 

Why are we waiting? Expert opinion coming out of Italy, the worst affected country outside of China, states that these measures were not taken quickly enough. Most of our European neighbours, many with lower infection rates, are activating these measures now. Do they have access to different science that they are basing decisions on? 

This is far more important than party politics and who you voted for in the election. It’s going to have to happen so let’s get on with it and give our elderly and vulnerable citizens the best possible chance of protection and also give the NHS the best chance of being able to respond by slowing things down.

I understand that allowing mass Infection will lead to herd immunity developing naturally and this is more cost effective than a future vaccination programme. For me, “taking it on the chin” as suggested by our Prime Minister, and allowing lots of people to die is not humane.

Please sign if you agree that social distancing measures such as school closures, encouraging working from home and reducing the number of large scale gatherings should happen right now.

 

 

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