Matt Hancock’s blase attitude to the rise in Covid cases is alarming | Letters


Matt Hancock’s views present a worrying lack of expertise from a former well being secretary (Sure, the variety of Covid instances within the UK is rising – however that’s no trigger for alarm, 30 June). He misleadingly claims that eradicating restrictions within the UK in February didn’t result in a surge in instances, hospitalisations and deaths. Though, fortunately, vaccines have drastically diminished the variety of deaths seen in 2020-21, the UK however skilled a big wave of instances and hospitalisations in March-April 2022. The issue is the sustained stress this places on an already overstretched NHS.

“There are some saying that the pandemic just isn’t but over,” says Hancock. Certainly, the World Well being Group and most credible scientists agree that it isn’t over. By suggesting that requires restrictions are scaremongering, Hancock misses the purpose. Sure, public well being coverage shouldn’t should be alarming, however it ought to embody measures to guard the general public and assist cut back transmission, equivalent to free Covid testing, higher sick pay, higher air flow in faculties and workplaces, and the reintroduction of masks in medical settings.
Dr Simon Williams
Swansea College

Matt Hancock is correct to applaud the large effort concerned in getting so many people vaccinated. Nonetheless, to match Covid to flu is mistaken. The impression of Covid is felt not solely in those that have been significantly ailing or bereaved, but in addition by these of us who’re chronically ailing or caring for somebody with lengthy Covid. To recommend that we are actually able the place Covid is now not a risk is insulting to the thousands and thousands of individuals whose lives proceed to be completely devastated by this illness.
Verity Gibson
Southsea, Portsmouth

It’s disingenuous to claim that we are able to depend on antibodies and vaccines to manage the virus. As a triple-vaccinated instructor who caught Covid in March, I’ve been unable to return to work but as a result of lengthy Covid. I, and plenty of others working round me, caught Covid inside 4 months of our third vaccine dose. No person needs extra lockdowns, however ignoring a virus that may and does evade immunity is extra more likely to lead us there. As an alternative, we might have an alert system, as they do in locations equivalent to New York, which triggers preventive motion equivalent to masks carrying and testing when neighborhood transmission will increase; we might enhance indoor air flow in public areas, as in Belgium. Underneath this authorities, we’re sleepwalking into yet one more wave of sickness.
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Masks, checks, isolation if sick and sick pay are usually not restrictions – they’re mitigations that defend the inhabitants from illness. This false dichotomy of “nothing or lockdown” must cease. There’s a wealth of protecting measures in between (in addition to vaccination) {that a} accountable authorities can be encouraging folks to make use of. As an alternative, susceptible persons are left nonetheless shielding and everybody else is anticipated to just accept repeated Covid an infection as part of life.
Jude Geddes
Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

I agree with Matt Hancock that vaccines are the way in which ahead. Perhaps he has inside data on well being division planning? Can he inform me the place I can get the yearly vaccine he recommends? The federal government has not invited me to e book one but. Am I lacking one thing?
Dr Jon Scales
Wivenhoe, Essex

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