Keeping your home or workplace clean has taken extra attention during 2020. As we don’t have to tell you, coronavirus has thrown the whole year into oblivion.
Now, the UK is initiating a new lockdown measure starting on Thursday, the 5th of November 2020.
This has been enacted after cases in the UK were rising rapidly, leaving the NHS on the brink of overwhelming pressure.
In order to mitigate the pressure on the NHS, the country has decided to lockdown and close all unnecessary shops, businesses, etc.
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The Current Data
Britain could see 120,000 new cases of coronavirus deaths in a second wave of outbreaks in the next two years, scientists say.
When asked whether a reasonable worst-case scenario could be devised, researchers from the School of Public Health (PSH) at Bristol University estimated that the number of hospital-related deaths from the disease, which peaked in January and February, could more than double by the end of this year.
There have been 44,830 official deaths in the UK so far this year, but that figure fell to 1,100 per day in July, according to Department of Health figures.
Studies suggest that the virus can survive longer in cold conditions and is more likely to spread in closed spaces with enough time.
Scientists say the risk could be reduced if we act now, but the estimates do not include lockdown treatment or vaccination factors.
The report, requested by Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), highlights that the UK is still at a “very high risk of infection” due to the cold weather.
We need to Save the NHS
Healthcare was already severely disrupted during the first wave of pandemic, and experts fear that the NHS will come under extreme pressure in the second wave due to the high number of patients on waiting lists.
The report said the waiting list could rise to 10 million by the end of this year. It’s not a prognosis, but it’s a possibility, “said the report, led by Dr David Haines, director of public health at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
The report makes it clear that the predicted death toll is highly uncertain, but the risk of this happening could be reduced if we act immediately.
“A less pessimistic winter scenario, with thousands of deaths from coronavirus, is also possible. But we have to prepare for the worst that winter can bring, “he added.
However, these simulations are based on assumptions that do not always prevail in real life.
Researchers can model probable scenarios, but there is no clear understanding of what will happen, what could and could not happen, so that one parameter is easily changed and a completely different projection is forgotten.
Keeping Things Under Control
Keeping infection rates low as Britain emerges from the lockdown will be crucial to keeping the disease under control.
The general message is clear: prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Deaths from coronavirus have fallen in recent months, giving nations the chance to think and plan for a second wave.
But the virus is not going away and we don’t have a vaccine yet, so there are things we can all do, including isolation and screening for those who develop symptoms. It’s easy to feel hopeless and powerless in the face of potential challenges, “says Dr Michael O’Connor, professor of infectious diseases at Cambridge University.
The report shows we can act now to turn things around for the better and there are already plans in place to cope with the expected surge in demand for the NHS this winter, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The Government remains vigilant and will ensure that all necessary resources are in place to avoid a second infection climax that would overwhelm our NHS, “the government statement said. She added: “We have secured enough vaccines to launch the largest flu vaccination programme in history and we are working to establish a coronavirus vaccination programme until a successful vaccine is found”.
As winter approaches, we must take extra care to socially distance in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Disinfecting homes with UVC air sterilisation is a much lauded new way to achieve clean indoor air and surfaces.
Keeping your hands clean, using hand sanitiser and washing your face are also ways to prevent the spread.
According to the experts, the NHS has been getting filled up with Covid patients at a rapid rate since september. In order to help ease the pressure, the government has enacted new lockdown measures starting on Thursday, the 5th November 2020.
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