Tragic death highlights grave threat to the UK’s medical personnel and general population – made worse by Johnson’s ‘let it run’ ‘plan’ and an NHS already on its knees under Tories
The medic leading the fight against the COVID-19 virus in Italy has been killed by virus.
Roberto Stella, president of the Medical Guild of Varese, suffered respiratory failure after contracting COVID-19 last weekend. He was just 67 years old.
Stella’s death again highlights the terrible risk faced by the UK’s medical and hospital staff if the coronavirus takes hold in this country as it has in Italy. The UK is currently ten days or so behind Italy in the spread of the disease – but is likely to catch up more quickly given Boris Johnson’s reckless decision not to close schools and adopt other ‘social distancing’ measures.
Instead, Johnson plans to have more people catch the virus in the hope of developing ‘herd immunity’.
Johnson’s chief scientific adviser has said publicly this morning that the government intends 40 million UK residents to be infected and claims that this level of around 60% of the population will be enough for ‘herd immunity’.
Even on this figure – and even assuming the virus kills ‘only’ 1% of those infected, that means 400,000 UK deaths.
However, medical experts have told the SKWAWKBOX that in reality around 90% of the population need antibodies against a disease to reach collective immunity – and the virus is killing 3.5-5% of those infected in hotspots like Italy.
That means potentially millions killed and – at the typical rate of 20% of sufferers requiring hospitalisation – our fragmented and underfunded NHS facing ten million or more infectious patients before anything like immunity might be achieved.
In our NHS, that translates to the deaths of tens of thousands of nurses, porters and clinical support staff, thousands of doctors and many more other staff.
And the UK situation may well be worse than other countries have seen so far, as staff shortages, bed shortages, fragmentation, privatisation and underfunding add to the toll in a health system already in crisis long before COVID-19.
Such numbers in the NHS or the general population are unthinkable – and such levels of immunity are normally only achievable via a vaccine, which doesn’t exist.
And yet Boris Johnson has admitted he is not only thinking them, but positively planning them.
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