Scientists advising the government said the UK could avoid another full lockdown by staying home for all over 45s.
Those older than this age were at a higher risk from the killer bug, members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency (SAGE) suggested. reports the mirror.
They thought if they were “segmented” from the rest of the population, the virus could be brought under control.
According to Mail Online, the idea was submitted by government advisors but was eventually discouraged as it was viewed as unlikely to be successful.
The idea is still being tested, however, which means a large chunk of Britons could have a longer period of time indoors.
The minutes of a meeting between the scientists on July 23rd read: “Although children under 45 are at lower risk from Covid-19, including a lower risk of death, they are nonetheless at some risk and long-term consequences (consequences) are not good Understood .
“Around two-thirds of people in the UK live in households with one or more people aged 45 and over.
“Any segmentation based on this age threshold would therefore affect most households.”
“Segmentation” refers to the shielding context where vulnerable people were isolated at home and unnecessary contact should be avoided at the beginning of the pandemic.
A week earlier, SAGE scientists said there would be merits “to vulnerable people and those likely to have more contact with vulnerable people” if the plan were presented.
It goes on: “Data shows that people tend to have more contact with other people their age, but also a significant number of contacts with people 20 to 30 years older and younger than themselves (probably mainly contacts between parents and Children).
“There is also considerable contact between grandparents and children.”
The plan would help ease the pressure on the NHS as the risk of younger people becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is significantly lower than that of older people.
Data from the Office of National Statistics showed that England and Wales had only four coronavirus deaths among children aged 1 to 14 years – less than 0.01% of the total.
And 574 were registered among 15 to 44 year olds, or 0.96% of the total.
In comparison, a total of 39,058 people aged 75 and over have died from the virus – that’s 65% of the total.
The proposals could also have protected parts of the economy if younger people were able to return to work without fear of spreading the disease to those who are more vulnerable than themselves.