Title The 'young and vulnerable' dreading the end of isolation, masks and free testing Media name/outlet Manchester Evening News Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/02/22 Description Over to scientist Dr Thomas House, a mathematical epidemiologist based at the University of Manchester who says there may be no 'right time' to lift restrictions - but remains concerned about workers' rights without the legal protection of self-isolation.
He added: “I think a bigger question and one never resolved is ‘are people supported to stay at home when they are ill?”
Questioning the workplace culture even before the pandemic, with zero hours contracts having put pressure on people to work when ill, he added: “A lot of employers don’t even allow for normal diseases, we’ve heard of bosses demanding PCR tests over lateral flows.
“Coronavirus is still worse than flu. We can’t change society forever but people still do need to stay home when they are ill.
“Most don’t want to go out and infect people but they need to be able to afford not to.”
He says restrictions, which are an ‘emergency measure’, have to be lifted a some point - but is wary of this being done for ‘political reasons’....
URL https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/lifting-restrictions-covid-vulnerale-chorlton-23108604 Persons Thomas House