Coronavirus: Short-term lockdowns could result in more COVID-19 deaths, study claimsCherish Chifamba
Coronavirus: Short-term lockdowns could result in more COVID-19 deaths, study claims
Researchers claim the severity of the initial lockdown has left us “more vulnerable to subsequent waves of infection”.
Bolton is one of the parts of the UK where restrictions have been tightened
Short-term lockdowns could result in more people dying with coronavirus, according to a new report.
Researchers have called for “different strategies for different age groups with more focus on shielding elderly and vulnerable people”.
It comes as Scotland introduced new rules banning pubs, restaurants and cafes from selling alcohol indoors for 16 days from Friday – amid suggestions similar local restrictions could be introduced in England.
The Edinburgh University study reviewed Report 9 – the piece of work by Professor Neil Ferguson and Imperial College London colleagues which predicted that hundreds of thousands of deaths would occur if no action was taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Imperial study prompted the far-reaching social restrictions implemented in March – including the closure of schools and the hospitality industry.
Researchers used the same model to examine various interventions, including social distancing of the over-70s, social distancing of the entire population, closure of schools and universities, and at-home isolation of people who develop symptoms – for seven days and 14 days.