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Over 50s shielding? August 4, 2020

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From the Guardian:

According to the Sunday Times, measures under consideration [by the UK government] include asking older people to shield once again and lockdown-like conditions for London should there be a second wave.It was claimed it could even lead to those aged between 50 and 70 given “personalised risk ratings”, in a move that would add to the 2.2 million people who were deemed most vulnerable and asked to shield themselves from society during the spring peak.

If that proposal is unlikely to see the light of day it does indicate the ever increasingly extreme nature of this ‘new normal’ and how far from any genuine normality it is. Zoe Williams in the same paper notes that ‘…it shows a poor understanding of family composition: many people in their 50s will still have teenagers and young adults living at home. Their children, unless the plan is that they also shield, should be going back to school or university, not to mention restarting the economy with their social lives – which would completely negate the extra protection afforded their parents by remaining at home. Before the crisis, one in five people aged between 50 and 64 was a carer for an elderly relative; that proportion has surely risen, now that even the elderly who were not previously housebound are considered too high risk to go out’. And then there’s ‘no consideration of the knock-on economic effect: no talk of a tailored furlough scheme, no indication of who will be able to afford to “eat out to help out”, once all the boomers are out of the picture’.

As Williams notes, it seems so unlikely that perhaps it was a deflection mechanism used by the Tories. But it points up a certain truth. The sheer vulnerability of so many in populations is such that ‘living with the virus’ seems to be almost impossible to achieve. At every turn there are paths for the virus to burn through to those who are vulnerable.

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1. tafkaGW - August 4, 2020

Yet more clueless thrashing around by the Brexitanian government.

Their key problems with Covid are that a) they locked down far too late b) eased lockdown far to early, c) never developed tracing and testing properly, d) spent a decade eliminating all crisis capacity in the NHS and social services and e) are generally a crowd of amoral, openly corrupt, PR-driven know-nothings who will rule the UK for the next four and half years at least. I could go on.

Let those who can get out (from the UK) do so.

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sonofstan - August 4, 2020

I’m going back there tomorrow 😦

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Joe - August 4, 2020
Pangurbán - August 4, 2020

Boris started this as prime minister of the UK; now for COVID purposes he is prime minister of England;

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FergusD - August 4, 2020

But where to?

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2. roddy - August 4, 2020

If this over 50s shielding comes in then everybody will know I’m an oul fella!

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sonofstan - August 4, 2020

Was it in doubt before? 🙂
I’m a week away from being ‘high risk’ in Ireland, whereas in Blightly I have 10 years to go…

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WorldbyStorm - August 4, 2020

Really SoS? I’m kind of surprised. I always think of you as younger than that.

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sonofstan - August 4, 2020

See Roddy…

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3. roddy - August 4, 2020

I’m 60 but still think and act like I’m 20!

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WorldbyStorm - August 4, 2020

🙂

I was in a shop twenty years ago buying NME back in the days when it was still being printed. I’d think I was about 33 or 34 at the time. The woman behind the counter said to me ‘ah you’re dead right to keep buying it. In my head I think I’m really young too!’.

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Pangurbán - August 4, 2020

You’re grand robin Swann will look after your interests

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WorldbyStorm - August 4, 2020

I always say you can trust a swan. Though two ‘n’s… hmmm… maybe not.

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4. roddy - August 4, 2020

Robin gets an easy ride as he’s from an “approved” party.Had SF held the health dept they would have been savaged morning noon and night by the “right thinking people” who dominate the media.

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5. roddy - August 4, 2020

I get a dose of reality occasionly when people refer to “thon oul boy” or “thon oul doll ” and I discover they’re referring to my classmates at school!

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sonofstan - August 4, 2020

I find it disturbing when contemporaries take early retirement: or as they are increasingly calling it these days. ‘retirement’

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Michael Carley - August 4, 2020

I’m just jealous.

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Tomboktu - August 4, 2020

I knew somebody who was very secretive about his age. He took early retirement.

At his funeral, a former colleague revealed that the retirement had been a few weeks early, so he could say he retired early without denting his pension.

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Joe Mooney - August 5, 2020

Best example of lying about ones age – a friend’s mother in law attended her TWIN sisters 70th birthday party but continued insisting to everybody that she was younger !!! She’d pretty much lied her whole life and wasn’t going to stop now , so just acted oblivious .

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6. CL - August 4, 2020

“Ireland urgently needs to move to a “zero-Covid” policy in order to avert long-term “social and economic catastrophe”, leading Irish scientists have warned….
In their letter to committee chairman Michael McNamara, the scientists say Ireland is heading into a long-term social and economic catastrophe “with an unknown but significant associated burden of death, disease and disability.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/ireland-needs-to-move-to-zero-covid-policy-to-avoid-catastrophe-scientists-say-1.4321947

Pubs to remain closed.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/pubs-to-stay-closed-and-restrictions-to-remain-on-all-gatherings-cabinet-decides-1.4321905

“For the first time since the 1940s, political authorities around the world face a flood of economic and political challenges that could overwhelm the safeguards built into the system….
A host of 21st-century problems threaten to overwhelm the institutions of both national and global governance: the emergence of China as a new kind of economic and geopolitical challenger, the escalating arms races in cyber and biological weapons, the global surge of populism and nationalism, and the growing risks from poorly understood vulnerabilities and relationships in volatile and rapidly changing financial markets. Any one of these could push the world into a cycle of crisis and conflict resembling the first half of the 20th century.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-pandemic-is-a-dress-rehearsal-11596495140

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