There is a lot of talk on social media and in the press about the measured response in the UK compared to other countries. I fully expect schools and businesses to close at some point but for now we need to keep the economy afloat and protect our society from a number of other factors rather than just health.
In particular, the decision not to close schools yet has proved controversial and unpopular. Yet I actually completely support the Prime Minister’s decision (NEVER thought I would say such a thing!)
The simple reason is that schools provide so much more than just education.
All of my schools have taken precautions and are ensuring regular hand washing and providing hand sanitiser. So actually this might be safer than being at home!
Self isolation may lead to an increase in domestic tensions, pushing already volatile or abusive relationships to a limit that could be deadly for men, women and children.
It is a sad truth that all schools have neglected children who rely on free school meals for food, teachers and friends to provide support. These vulnerable children are at risk being at home…
I fear for people who cannot get to the shops and get a whole carful of groceries, instead restricted by what they can carry home or fit on public transport. Online deliveries are empty, shelves are bare. Shoppers are panicking and leaving the most vulnerable without supplies.
Carers and emergency services provide an essential role, what will happen if they have to stay at home with their children who cannot go to school? My parents are both in their 60s and quite healthy plus we live close by to drop off supplies if required. But some elderly people may not have anyone around to support them 🙁