The UK could avoid another nationwide lockdown by making everyone over 45, according to government experts.
Scientists from SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies) suggested that people over the age of 45 are at higher risk from the killer bug.
If they were “segmented” from the rest of the population, the virus could be brought under control, reports MirrorOnline.
The radical move was tabled by government advisors but eventually abandoned because it was deemed unlikely, Mail Online reports.
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 that include one or more people aged 45 and over. Segmentation based on this age threshold would therefore affect most households.”
“Segmentation” refers to shielding, where vulnerable people isolate at home and avoid unnecessary contact.
SAGE scientists said there would be merit “to vulnerable people and those who are 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 only four coronavirus deaths were recorded in children aged 1 to 14 in England and Wales – less than 0.01 percent of the total.
And 574 were registered among 15- to 44-year-olds, or 0.96 percent of the total. In comparison, a total of 39,058 people aged 75 and over have died from the virus – that’s 65 percent of the total.
The proposals could also have protected parts of the economy if younger people could get back to work without fear of spreading the disease to more vulnerable citizens.