Youth could be released from lockout sooner than others, medical director says


A senior public health official said that young people could be released from coronavirus isolation sooner than the elderly.

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director emeritus at Public Health England, was asked directly about the possibility of BBC Radio 4’s Today program.

Similar ideas have been expressed by academic experts, suggesting that schools may reopen earlier because young people are less at risk of catching COVID-19.

They suggested releasing 20-30 year olds who do not live with the elderly, as the best approach to possibly lift the lockout.

Speaking to the BBC, Professor Cosford said, “These are all the kinds of things that will need to be considered and considered. “

The Mirror reports that this could see 4.2 million young adults allowed to resume their daily lives and protect society from an economic collapse.

Doctors and government ministers made it clear that the lockdown would not be lifted for at least a few weeks, despite a review next week, and urged people to focus on following the rules.

However, ministers are also faced with questions about what the “exit strategy” will ultimately be once the number of coronavirus cases begins to drop.

Professor Paul Cosford said on Friday that the release of young people sooner than the rest was being considered.

When asked directly about the idea, he told BBC Radio 4 Today: “These are all the kinds of things that will need to be considered and considered. “

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Doctors have pointed out that while the risk of complications is much higher in the elderly, anyone of any age can become seriously ill and die from Covid-19.

Professor Cosford said closing the schools was an “important step” to stop the spread of the virus, but said that despite some tragic cases, children “are at very low risk of serious complications.”

He added, “The importance of educating children and educating children is paramount.

“It is not the only problem, but I could imagine circumstances in which some of the restrictions are lifted earlier and others later. “

When asked directly if schools could open in a first wave of flexibility restrictions, he replied, “Maybe. Some countries are considering this. Other countries are considering different ways of doing it. “

However, Professor Cosford also warned that we have “a long way to go” before all restrictions are lifted, and “several weeks are not unreasonable. Hopefully it will be sooner than that. ”

The ministers also refused to be contacted when the schools could reopen, with little expectation that they would open after the Easter holidays and the Scottish Nicola Sturgeon predicting they would not.

“All of my experience in fighting all kinds of infectious diseases suggests that once you start to control things, this is the time that you absolutely need to continue with all your steps so that you can reduce the disease, basically to fight it across the country, “said Professor Cosford.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, also suggested that the idea is under study.

Asked whether the restrictions could be lifted based on age and geography, he told Sky News today: “These discussions are still ongoing. Many options are being explored. “

But like Public Health England, Professor Powis stressed that we should not expect measures to be lifted anytime soon – and must follow the rules.

He added, “It is not something that any country will be able to handle in a few weeks. We will have to develop a strategy and approach to manage this virus over the months. “

This comes as the British are urged to heed the warnings that they should stay home during the hot Easter weekend.

There were encouraging signs on Thursday, the public largely followed the strict guidelines, with traffic levels showing a lack of a mass weekend getaway.

The government has launched an advertising campaign urging people to stay at home – including Easter eggs wrapped in aluminum foil with the words “STAY AT HOME, SAVE LIVES”.

Tourist hotspots have also said that vacationers and second home owners are not welcome over the Easter weekend.

Despite the warnings, police caught trips Thursday in violation of the rules.

In Cumbria, police said they caught several people heading for the Lake District from outside the area.

The officers encouraged the captured people to return home, including two Yorkshire men who “chose to go to Windermere for canoeing”.

On the other side of the country, John Hart, head of Devon County Council, said police were around holidaymakers traveling with caravans or motorhomes on the A38.

Farther south, the Cornwall Council said it had received about 200 reports from residents that the vacation rentals were defying government orders to close.


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