The UK has been in lockdown since March 23. The measures introduced that day by Boris Johnson have been largely successful at slowing the spread of the disease, even though some sections of the public chose to ignore them. China, where COVID-19 is said to have originated, was in lockdown for 76 days. If we follow suit, we’ll be inside until June 7. At the moment, the government haven’t given us a firm date, but they keep being pressed for answers, so let’s have a look at what they’ve said.
The lockdown was put in place to make sure the spread of the virus slowed. Initial reports suggested that the government was going to allow the infection to spread so that the population could build up an immunity to the virus. If they’d done this, the most vulnerable people in the country would have died. Herd immunity allows the infection to spread to the point that so many people are infected that the virus fizzles out as it becomes harder and harder to find susceptible hosts. Around 60 per cent of the country would have to become infected. Thankfully, the government decided against this strategy. Perhaps they did so because it would have slowed the economy. Those who beat the virus still find themselves incapacitated by its flu-like symptoms.
Another early plan that never came to fruition involved everyone over the age of 70 staying inside indefinitely. That would have affected 15 per cent of the population. And a higher percentage of the most vulnerable people. The government’s decision to keep us all inside seems a fairer choice given how active people in their 70s are nowadays. The lockdown might be inconvenient for most people, but it’s not as severe as it is in other countries.
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