Emerging From Lockdown Dilemmas

Many welcome and appreciate the government’s cautious stance in navigating the nation out of lockdown; protecting health by avoiding unnecessary risks of creating a second wave of infection is central to this.

Social distancing is key. However, this being the case, where is the sense in allowing visits to strangers’ homes with the view to buying a house while individuals are not allowed to meet two family members from a single household in open spaces even if exercising social distancing. Economists will argue money makes the world go round.

At the same time schools are expecting to re-open in June for the youngest and most needy, yet least mature. In sport, professional football is hoping to resume its leagues - a minimum of 22 individuals coming together from different households.

These two ideas have polarised opinions: while educational and emotional needs are essential, physical health risks are high.

There is a myriad of inter-related factors - domestic, personal, emotional, educational, financial and other health – to consider in the risk assessments. Psychologists and financiers do not think alike.

Lockdown is an extreme and, while it may shelter the nation to a large extent, COVID-19 is still with us and may be here to stay. Although many scientists are working day and night to find accurate, reliable and effective testing, treatments and vaccines, research takes time and cannot be accelerated.

Frustration, fear and anxiety have gripped the nation. There is no perfect road-map to navigating the nation out of lockdown and trying to find an optimal solution is - no doubt - a proverbial headache. Balancing the various types and levels of risk is like walking a tight-rope.

Opinion is divided across all spheres as everyone is assessing risk subjectively.

As in sport - or anything for that matter – preparation is key: coherent, well thought-out plans with attention to detail and clear guidance should help successful implementation.

We must all learn to adjust to the continually changing landscape that COVID-19 presents. Managing the risks in a responsible and sensible manner will help ease the situation for everyone.