Protecting high and low risk groups equally is essential.

We cannot cause harm to one group to protect another group.  Please consider recent statistics published relating to lockdown and increased risk and harm in the context of the general public and vulnerable children (WHO, Unicef, NSPCC, Children’s Commissioner’s report England, NCMEC, MIND, Samaritans, Young Minds and Oxfam).  

High risk individuals in the context of covid-19 (due to eg age, compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems), require different protocols to facilitate equal protection.

It is essential to protect high risk and low risk groups equally and ensure that both groups have access to risk reducing and protective tools and initiatives from a bio-psycho-social context.  Normalcy and liberty are important and evidence-based protective factors for both groups.  Different risk groups can be provided equal protection, but this cannot occur by applying uniform, indiscriminate or ‘blanket’ measures to the general public. 

Doctors have been protecting high and low risk groups equally in many contexts and medical domains for several decades in Health.  

Significant fear, stress, chronic anxiety, negativity and hostility have been reported in the context of debates relating to covid-19.  Most medical doctors would agree that these markedly increased chronic anxiety and panic are likely to lead to significant harm and increased clinical morbidity. 

Initiatives, approaches and debates to protect the public, especially when associated with increased chronic anxiety or in the context of deprivation of liberty, must be considered, weighed and reviewed regularly to prevent harm.

Further to recent liaison with a contact in Asia, we were informed that their approach has remained more or less consistent since January; the public has been educated and asked to be responsible and take steps to protect health for self and others (respecting normalcy, liberty and autonomy), strategies did not include threats or mandatory stay at home, curfews or lockdown initiatives, and a sense of calm and camaraderie continued.  Statistics, research, medical training and experience support this approach.   

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