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Over 80% of Britons not heeding COVID-19 self-isolation rules, study finds

By Alistair Smout

 

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FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the hot weather on Margate beach in Margate, Britain, June 24, 2020. TREUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Over 80% of people in Britain are not adhering to self-isolation guidelines when they have COVID-19 symptoms or had contact with someone who has tested positive, a study has found.

 

A majority were also unable to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

 

The research raises major questions about the effectiveness of England’s Test and Trace programme as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to keep a lid on rising infection numbers with new restrictions.

 

The research, led by King’s College London, found that only 18.2% of people who reported having symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days had not left home since the symptoms developed, and only 11.9% requested a COVID-19 test.

 

It also found that only 10.9% of people told by the NHS Test and Trace scheme to self-isolate after close contact with a COVID-19 case had done so for 14 days as required.

 

The government last week introduced fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($12,780.00) for breaking self-isolation rules, and are offering a 500-pound support payment to low-paid workers who lose income from quarantining.

 

The researchers said that financial support for self-isolating could encourage adherence.

 

“Our results suggest that financial constraints and caring responsibilities impeded adherence to self-isolation, intending to share details of close contacts, and quarantining of contacts,” they wrote.

 

Johnson promised a “world-beating” test and trace system, but it has been dogged with problems, regularly failing to meet a target of reaching 80% of contacts. A tracing app finally launched on Thursday after four months of delays.

 

Reasons for non-compliance ranged from not knowing government guidance to being unable to identify the symptoms, the study found.

 

Just under half the participants were able to identify the key symptoms of COVID-19 of cough, a fever and a loss of sense of taste or smell.

 

The study used data collected between March 2 and Aug. 5, and was based on 42,127 responses from 31,787 participants aged over 16.

 

As of Thursday, Britain had the highest death toll from COVID-19 in Europe, at 41,902.

 

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Perhaps 80% of Britons have realized that this whole thing is a scam and a farce, and that there are ulterior agendas at work that have nothing to do with a man made, rarely fatal fear mechanism.

Might be heresy to some but good on them.

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1 hour ago, Tippaporn said:

Might be heresy to some but good on them.

  • Some European countries are reporting a rapid rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations, a “worrying trend” ahead of the influenza season approaching the Northern Hemisphere, said Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit. 
  • Hospitalizations have doubled every eight days in the U.K., and parts of France have reported reaching capacity in their intensive-care units, she told CNN.

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/18/who-says-parts-of-europe-reporting-worrying-rise-in-coronavirus-hospitalizations-.html

 

Hurrah?

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With so many immigrants that likely cannot speak, read or write in English in Great Britain,

what do you expect? Then you have the 18 year old to 40 year old group who think

that they will only be sick and not die, so do not care, who are causing the 2nd wave.

Now its the start of flu season. Good Luck  UK, you need it.

Geezer

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Then you got the covid deniers that say only if your old you can get serious problems.

 

A Dutch guy (read it in newspaper) who was competing from the strongest man of Holland was quite fit lifted heavy weights 38 y/o ended up on ICU in really bad shape. He recovered but his strength is gone lung damage.  So much for the younger having no problems. 

 

But not to worry the guy with the clow face avatar will start posting how it only affects old people and they should self isolate and let the young people have fun.

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UK started out on the 'herd immunity' path, introduced lock down to slow the spread and avoid over loading the health system. Virus still circulating, flu season arriving hospitals will see the annual rise plus covid cases, virus will continue to circulate, hopefully resulting in eventual 'herd immunity' but clearly there will be casualties. Why the alarm at rising cases, schools have reopened. 

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34 minutes ago, 473geo said:

UK started out on the 'herd immunity' path, introduced lock down to slow the spread and avoid over loading the health system. Virus still circulating, flu season arriving hospitals will see the annual rise plus covid cases, virus will continue to circulate, hopefully resulting in eventual 'herd immunity' but clearly there will be casualties. Why the alarm at rising cases, schools have reopened. 

Herd immunity and hopefully a vaccine will clear this in the UK by end of 2021.

Unfortunately Thailand with neither are going to struggle moving forward. I got ridiculed yesterday for saying at least 2-3 years before restrictions and quarantine maybe is removed frankly it could be much much longer

 

The first 10 cases that come in unrestricted on a herd immunity free population will be simply catastrophic as it spreads like wildfire

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47 minutes ago, 473geo said:

Just because people are able to take a philosophical view, this does not automatically place them in the  'I don't care if I catch it' or the 'it's only flu' category.

No one suggested it did 473geo........as the heading says------your choice of course!..

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2 hours ago, Chivas said:

What are you babbling about chap. Scam....??

Seriously dont retort and say Bill Gates wants to chip our brains you conspiracy idiots are off the scale. Same fruitloops that claim the Americans blew up the twin towers killing 5000 of their own people.

 

Complete and utter didlows....

They always say "Follow the money trail", and it all leads to the Gates of Hell !

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