As the UK government plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions by the 19th of July, which will include the wearing of facial coverings being made non-compulsory, over 100 scientists have signed a letter that accuses the UK government of conducting a “dangerous and unethical experiment”.
They have urged the government to reconsider its plan while stating that it’s “unethical and illogical” to conduct a plan that tolerates high infection levels.
The scientists warned that the easing of restrictions will cause a significant growth of the virus and would continue “until millions more are infected, leaving hundreds of thousands with long-term illness and disability”.
The letter stated, “This strategy risks creating a generation left with chronic health problems and disability, the personal and economic impacts of which might be felt for decades to come.”
Dr. Nagpaul stated that while the link between the number of hospitalisations and death had been weakened, “it had not been broken.” He added that continued health measures were vital until enough of the population was fully vaccinated.
Dr. Deepti Gurdasani stated that the government was deliberately choosing to expose children to mass infection rather than protect them in schools or vaccinate them while adding, “This is unethical and unacceptable. Our young have already suffered so much in the past year, and are now being condemned to suffer the consequences of this dangerous experiment.”
The letter added that allowing transmission to continue over the summer will lead to a “reservoir” of infections which will most likely accelerate spread when schools and universities reopen in autumn.
It then suggests that “the Government should delay complete reopening until everyone, including adolescents, have been offered vaccination and uptake is high, and until mitigation measures, especially adequate ventilation and spacing, are in place in schools.”