COVID-19

Let’s get back to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible, Boris!

We deal with the flu, we can manage a cold and millions have dealt with Covid-19. Isolate those 'at risk' and let the rest of us get on with it, says Nathan Kay.

Wouldn’t it make sense to isolate the ‘at risk’ or ‘high risk’ patients and let the rest of us get on with our lives?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night that the UK has gone into a three-tiered lockdown. One being the least severe climbing up to three. I think it should be the other way round, but nothing this government does makes sense.

Liverpool is in tier three, subject to the most draconian restrictions. Where am I? Liverpool.

I bought an apartment in Mann Island last year just to rent out. But haven’t had the opportunity to find a tenant yet due to Corona-madness, so I decided to stay for a while. Now I’m trapped. Can’t leave the area, can’t mix with other households, can’t do anything basically. Help! Send supplies.

I make light of the situation now because we are in day one, but it’s no laughing matter. If this drags on for several weeks, even months I’m not sure people will be able to cope.

The first UK lockdown was miserable. Not only did it cripple the economy but left those struggling with their mental health teetering on the edge. Luckily, I don’t suffer with any mental health issues, but I found isolating alone extremely difficult. I put on weight, felt like a social outcast, and missed my friends. A weekly family Zoom quiz was the only light relief from sheer boredom, frustration and stuffing my face. I can only imagine how those with depression or other mental health issues coped.

Now, the second wave is here and we’re going through it all again. But this time we are in a cold and dreary winter. Restaurants can open, but only until 10pm. Pubs and bars will be ordered to close unless they also operate as a restaurant. Locals will be advised only to leave their areas for essential travel such as work, education or health, and must return before the end of the day. Overnight stays by those from outside of these ‘high risk’ areas are also banned.

But why? Official ONS stats reveal that the last recorded cycle of Covid-19 deaths accounted for 2.2% of all UK deaths, and the number of people who died of the common flu and pneumonia has hit much higher numbers in many weeks throughout the year. The deaths attributed to Covid-19 were also blurred with other underlying health conditions.

It would seem we’re dealing with an infection similar to the common flu. Conflicting reports on how it is spread, how it is recorded and what deaths are an exact result of the coronavirus itself are vague. Nobody is clear, nobody has a united approach and the government is flailing.

Wouldn’t it make sense to isolate the ‘at risk’ or ‘high risk’ patients and let the rest of us get on with our lives? We deal with the flu, we can manage a cold and millions have dealt with Covid-19. It doesn’t make sense to bring the country to its knees once more for a virus that can be managed by the masses.

In August, I wrote a piece asking whether a coronavirus death is more appealing than this existence. I still ask this question today. The government must allow us to live our lives, allow us to take some sense of responsibility for ourselves. If not, the nation’s mental health will suffer, the economy will crash and there won’t be much hope for moving forward into 2021 and beyond.

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Nathan Kay

Nathan has had thousands of articles published globally and has worked for many leading publications. His work has been featured in The Mail on Sunday, CNN, MailOnline, Grazia (UK), Daily Mail, Metro (US), The Sunday People, Ahlan!, and others. He graduated with a degree in Media & Society and holds a postgraduate qualification in Psychological Therapies from Queen Mary University in London.

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