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Until a Covid-19 vaccine is found, older people like me are effectively living in an open prison

Don Anderson


Relaxing the lockdown will make no difference to the elderly as long as the coronavirus rages on, writes Don Anderson

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An elderly couple walk along the beach

An elderly couple walk along the beach

Don Anderson in his office at home

Don Anderson in his office at home

An elderly couple walk along the beach

As I listen to and read advice about how to deal with the risks during this pandemic, it is becoming clear that not everything is clear. As Boris wishes, I am staying alert - alert to the fact that advice, regulations within the four UK nations and Ireland are different. Interpretation of scientific advice differs at government level; it is also differing at a personal level.

Much is being left to ourselves - that is clear. In the next stage, governments on the Hill and beyond are gradually beginning to ease restrictions, but one large category of the populace is likely to be very cautious indeed.

The Office for National Statistics is saying the following. "Up to 1 May 2020, there were 33,408 deaths registered in England and Wales involving the coronavirus (Covid-19) (19,130 men and 14,278 women).The majority of deaths involving Covid-19 have been among people aged 65 years and over (29,495 out of 33,408), with 45% (13,214) of these occurring in the over-85 age group."