The independent group of scientists Sage was recently established to provide advice in addition to the Government Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Its experts said the current response to coronaviruses is “potentially dangerous” and will lead to new peaks of infections which in turn could trigger future closures.
The group’s report states: “Without removal (of coronaviruses), we will inevitably witness a faster return of local epidemics resulting in more deaths and potentially new partial or national closings, with the resulting economic costs.
“The evidence must show that the transmission of COVID-19 is controlled before the measures are relaxed.
“We detect an ambivalence in the government’s strategic response, with some advisers promoting the idea of simply” flattening the curve “or ensuring that the NHS is not exceeded.
“We find this attitude counterproductive and potentially dangerous. “
Independent Sage has denounced the government’s inability to conduct a comprehensive contact search from the start of the epidemic.
Professor Allyson Pollock, co-director of the Newcastle University Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science, told The Sun: “It was a conundrum as to why the search for contacts stopped on March 12.
“We were given two reasons – that it was not effective and that there were not enough resources.
“(The UK) needs to rebuild contact tracking locally through teams, you will need tens of thousands of contact tracers. “
On Monday, at its first meeting by videoconference, the committee expressed its concerns about the selective lifting of the lock restrictions.
Susan Michie, professor of health psychology and director of the Center for Behavior Change at University College London, said the measures could cause division.
She said the public’s willingness to follow the restrictions had been surprising, but largely due to collective solidarity.
Professor Michie said: “In the future, in terms of lifting the foreclosure, the situation will be very different because, as part of the foreclosure, similar measures were applied to the whole population.
“But what we are going to see are different measures for different segments of the population and this therefore has the potential to undermine the collective solidarity which has been so important for confidence, adhesion, mutual aid, and if this is not well managed, risks potential division between groups, risks perceived inequality and injustice and injustice, which can lead to resentment and anger and alienation from people in the collective and what is asked of them. ”
The group is chaired by Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the government.
Its 12-member panel of academics said it wanted to explore seven key points, including how to pass the tests and trace, and what social distancing measures would be necessary in the future.
Sir David said he would share his findings and work with the public by broadcasting meetings on YouTube.