By Asitha Jayawardena
Two out of three or 67% back the circuit breaker lockdown in England in the second wave of Covid-19. This was according to a poll carried out by Sky News and YouGov. 1,781 adults took part in this between 15 and 16 October 2020.
This was nothing new. SAGE member Professor Jeremy Farrar thinks that it is never too late to impose the circuit breaker lockdown but the ideal timing was the previous month (i.e. September).
England and Scotland
Is the government taking right or wrong decisions when it comes to Covid-19?
When it comes to England, slightly above half, 52%, think that the government is wrong in decision-making on coronavirus while only 26% believe it is right. And 61% says they cannot trust PM Boris Johnson to make the right decision-making.
For her region of Scotland, 43% says that Nicola Sturgeon makes the right decision-making while 43% says she does not.
When it comes to age, the young have better resistance to coronavirus than the old or the more vulnerable so should young people have a better say in the lockdown?
That is not the case as 26% support and 64% oppose relaxing the lockdown measures for younger people while maintaining the rules for older and more vulnerable people. In other words, only 1 in 4 thinks that the young have lighter measures of Covid-19.
The first lockdown ended in summer. The second one is raising its head as we go into the autumn. Whatever the lockdown, it would be hardest in the winter. So, what is the coming winter would look like?
Again, two out of three, i.e., 67%, is scared of the coming winter due to coronavirus while 29% are not scared at all.
End with vaccine
In the case of Covid-19, the solution would be the development of a new vaccine.
But 43% believe that a solution could be found for coronavirus pandemic once AFTER the vaccine would be found while 40% think that it could be sorted BEFORE the injection is discovered.
It’s good that most people think in this way but now, once the vaccine is found, it would not be that easy to protect human beings from the pandemic of Covid-19.
When the vaccine is found, it is unlikely to cause coronavirus to disappear, says Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser. It would be found in spring, he said.
When will it end, who knows?
COP26 and coronavirus
This is an important juncture as COP26, or United Nations Climate Change Conference, have just more than a year to go, starting on 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow.
Whether the lockdown for coronavirus is 3-tier or circuit breaker, the virus should be sorted by a couple of months so that the COP26 would not be affected.
Covid-19 is temporary and will be heard for one or two years in this way. But climate change was 100 years old and will go on for another 100 years. So, coronavirus is sorted so we can see climate change in the many years to come.
Coronavirus: 67% back ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown – and 61% don’t trust PM on pandemic, Sky News poll suggests https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-52-think-govt-making-wrong-decisions-over-pandemic-and-61-dont-trust-pm-poll-12108347
Covid vaccine will not be available in UK until spring, says Vallance https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/19/covid-vaccine-will-not-be-available-in-uk-until-spring-says-vallance