Letter: Protecting the vulnerable of all ages from Coronavirus ought to be first priority of all public services

This reader believes in light of the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, the vulnerable are not adequately protected – and that this ought to be the first priority of all our public services

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This from David Moorse, Shanklin. Ed

The government’s Covid19 pandemic strategy appears to be to allow as much infection as possible, presumably in the hope of developing herd immunity in the long run.

However, in the exponential growth phase, it is imperative that those who are most at risk are protected.

Provision for self isolated
Therefore everyone who has a potentially compromised immune response should be isolated, which means that although schools are open, students who are at risk must be given authorised absence, and not remain under the threat of fines (which our council appears to be addicted to), and any adults who are similarly at risk (and there a high proportion of elderly on the Isle of Wight) must have provision in place for them to isolate for their protection.

Avoid spreading to those at risk
The rest of us healthy, fit and relatively young could then crack on and catch the virus to gain (and spread) immunity so long as we can ensure we avoid spreading it to those at risk.

As it stands, the vulnerable are not adequately protected – this ought to be the first priority of all our public services.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Monday, 16th March, 2020 9:06am


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9 Comments on "Letter: Protecting the vulnerable of all ages from Coronavirus ought to be first priority of all public services"

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The herd immunity idea is fatally flawed. The length of the immunity conferred is currently unknown. There are documented cases of reinfection, this is thought to occur in 15% of Covid-19 infections. Herd immunity is usually acquired by vaccination, measles is a good example, when a percentage of the population fails to inoculate then clusters of measles infection occurs. There is currently no vaccine or even a… Read more »

All this Government is interested in is covering its arse, even if that means hundreds of people dying.

Their thinking is that with fewer old, and medical needy people it will easy pressure on the NHS, which they hope will help disguise the fact that the Conservatives have undermined and weakened of our NHS for over a decade.


Being an old’s my self I consider that intervention should be reserved for the under Forty’s would be a total waste of money and hospital usage, to keep old’s alive beyond their allotted time span, we are all due to depart soon anyway


It’s not often I vote ‘down’, but that first sentence is one of the nastiest things I’ve seen in print for a long time.

Where’s your proof of this wild assertion?

The problem is that it is really only the old and medicallly compromised who are likely to need hospital treatment.


Mother Natures way, although I have to agree being old is not a good outlook for the future, I intend to pass away at home.


But not as nasty as the nasty parties years of victimisation of the weak and vulnerable in society

So Susan, tell us, which ones in your view are the “nasty parties” as you seem to think that there are many. To be frank this medical emergency is not about party politics in any way, it is about everyone pulling together to try to avoid the worst case. The government is advised by scientists and a government of any hue would be foolish not to follow… Read more »



The NHS has not been weakened by this government, it has been repeatedly undermined by bureaucrats and empire builders who will always spend money on administration rather than front line staff. In fact, the NHS succeeds not because of its management but in spite of it. This crisis will be overcome, not by the government or the NHS management, but by its dedicated staff at all levels.