Under Boris Johnson’s three-tier COVID curbs that scientists say should stay in place until April to stop NHS ‘imploding’ Britains vulnerable could be made to shield indoors for MONTHS.
Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people living in coronavirus hotspots could be told to “shield” this winter as infections continue to rise. Ministers are expected to outline a three-tier local lockdown system next week. If the plan is agreed on then those most at risk if they catch COVID-19 would be told to stay at home for a month.
Advice for at-risk people to avoid contact with others could also be included in the top tier of a ‘traffic light’ system as England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, is said to be working on a ‘tailored shielding’ scheme.
A final decision on shielding has not been made yet and may be delayed because of fears for the mental health issues of those told to avoid seeing other people. According to reports, at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, over 2.2million people were judged to be ‘extremely vulnerable’ because of health problems. This group of people were told to stay at home and avoid all contact with others.
Studies then found that depression and anxiety were far more common in those who were shielding compared to those who weren’t.
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