Living in the UK is a confusing time.
In theory, I should accept this, the very moment I’ve been waiting for months. After a year and a half of delightless blockades, restrictions, and most tragically, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people due to the coronavirus, the British government finally put all legal pandemic restrictions in the UK on July 19th. Announced that it will be released.
Still, it should have been time to celebrate with an extended family, set aside masks, and hug friends in pubs and nightclubs, but instead feel unwavering fear, anxiety, and embarrassment.
I have been vaccinated twice now, and so is my loved one. I have no health concerns before. I don’t have a job that requires face-to-face interaction with people too heavily. Sure, I should feel safe to go back to some of the similarities in pre-pandemic life. Still, I feel that the arrival of what the tabloids call “Freedom Day” is not free.
This is how my country fell into a unique British turmoil. This may serve as a warning to my American friends, as the spread of Delta variants threatens confusion there as well.
The United Kingdom is one of the most successful vaccination programs in the world and one of the countries with the smallest skeptical population on vaccines on the planet.
However, Boris says that a new super-infectious strain of coronavirus will not enforce stricter quarantine requirements for people traveling from India, as it has been branded “disaster” by experts and contributed to the United Kingdom. This is a hotspot for the decision delta variant of Prime Minister Johnson.
This has led public health authorities to carry out strange balancing acts for the population: we have immunity from vaccines and previous infections sufficient to prevent death and serious illness. We are approaching the inflection point that we should be, but it is not clear that the inflection point has reached.
Under these circumstances, other countries may have chosen to be careful. Perhaps leaving the mask obligatory and maintaining legally binding restrictions to control the infection.
This was not the case for the British Conservative government, which announced that it would stick to plans to lift all remaining UK restrictions, as the Delta case surged on July 5. In an open letter, thousands of scientists called the reopening a “dangerous and unethical experiment.” However, Prime Minister Johnson is an old conservative that when working on COVID, individuals should take “personal responsibility” to make “informed decisions” rather than relying on legal sanctions. I emphasized chestnuts.
“If we can’t resume society in the next few weeks, we have to ask ourselves,’When can we get back to normal?'” Johnson said.
Nonetheless, Johnson argues that the “pandemic is not over yet” and that the British need to be vigilant. This is not the first time Johnson has been accused of issuing a mixed message. He was ridiculed for it on last year’s “British Bake Off” TV show.
But to be precise, how are citizens supposed to make “informed decisions” when the messages from those who are tasked with providing guidance are not clear? It is not yet known how sick people can get infected from Delta. There are also concerns about the increased infection rate and the potential risk of fully vaccinated breakthrough infections.
Infectious diseases are on the rise and hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, but the ratio of the latter two to the former is much lower than in the previous wave.As of Friday, the latest 7-day moving average of the case Issued by the British Government Standing at 32,146. The corresponding averages of hospitalization and death are 591 and 32, respectively. Back in January, when the previous case average was just as high, hospitalization and death numbers were 3,736 and 1,265, despite the downward wave rather than the upward wave.
This indicates that the vaccine is working and that the association between disease contraction and serious illness or death is weakening. But it certainly hasn’t cut it, and many unvaccinated or unvaccinated people will go through the gap.
Also, it is unclear what the impact will be on people experiencing long-term COVID symptoms, and lifting restrictions could make the UK a perfect breeding ground for potentially dangerous and vaccine-resistant variants. There is a concern that there is sex. On Friday, more than a thousand scientists, including government advisers in New Zealand, Israel and Italy, warned that the actions of the British government to lift restrictions would pose a threat to the world.
In addition to the sense of a farce, the country’s new health minister, Sajid Javid, who is said to have advised the government to take a much more anti-restrictive stance since playing his role last month, said on Saturday. Despite being fully vaccinated as he announced, he was quarantined just two days before his “free day” after being infected with a mild case of COVID-19.
What has frustrated many British millennials (including myself) and Gen Z is the decision that many younger generations open their workplaces before the second jab. Vaccines containing Pfizer and AstraZeneca have been shown to provide much better protection against coronavirus after two doses. However, in the UK, shot intervals are wider than the three weeks stated in the manufacturer’s guidelines. This was initially aimed at getting as many first dose jabs in the arm as possible during the alpha wave at the beginning of the year. A second dose was then planned, as studies suggested that a gap of several weeks actually increased the effectiveness of the vaccine.
To my confusion, health officials are sticking to the plan more closely than many have hoped in the last few weeks. This means that the last single-dose young people called to get the jab could not be fully vaccinated before this grand reopening.
This created a world of frustration and confusion. Just last night, a friend told me that I couldn’t advance the second vaccination date. This means that you may not meet the vaccination requirements for going on a long-awaited trip to meet your family.
Many occupations, such as bartenders, hospitalities, and retailers, who may not yet be fully protected by vaccines, work in crowded, poorly ventilated areas filled with people who are not legally required to wear masks. There is a risk of having to go.
In addition to the turmoil, more than 500,000 people a day last week “Ping” from The government’s COVID-19 contact tracking app has instructed self-quarantine, causing confusion for businesses across the country. And, according to recent figures, there is a turmoil facing families with school-age children, and an increase in cases at school has left 820,000 children self-isolated at home.
The most traumatic of all is the situation facing 3.8 million people in the United Kingdom who are classified as clinically vulnerable. Defenders of cancer patients, people with long-term disabilities, and people with weakened immunity feel that these citizens have been left “vulnerable and abandoned” by the government. re is no longer legally required.
Faced with a surge in incidents and concerns about increasing demand for hospitals in the ICU, the government has shown signs of easing its rhetoric on the upcoming “Freedom Day,” while the Netherlands and Israel are on the rise.
It is also worth noting that the Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland administrations have set more cautious schedules for lifting restrictions. London Mayor Sadiq Khan also said masks will continue to be mandatory on public transport in the capital, although enforcement could be a problem.
But that’s not disastrous for everyone. While cutting her hair recently, the barber was happy to say, “I couldn’t wait to see the place bustling again,” listing all the heavy metal concerts I’m planning to go to in the coming months.
But for others, the confusion and confusion that defines a pandemic is increasing. After all, we’ve become accustomed to the patterns in which cases go up, and then limits are set to lower them again. Suddenly, it feels incredibly confusing to be aware of opening everything and expecting the best.
One of my resentful friends begged for the rest of our group chat to help her understand the situation: “I was with my grandma yesterday, and now her COVID All my anxieties about giving are back. “” I don’t understand because I thought vaccination would end it all. “
Based on everything that happened in the last few weeks, I don’t think she’s alone.
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