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London is going into “full lockdown” and over 75s will be denied emergency care.
False. The Government has begun relaxing the social distancing regulations.
This circulating WhatsApp message claims that “London will be in full lockdown, with Army manned checkpoints” and only key workers will be permitted to travel around the city. It further claims that those aged over 75 and with underlying health conditions will be denied emergency care and that the government is forecasting 250,000 deaths, that the Armed Forces are preparing “field hospitals”.
This is false. The British Government has previously instructed the public to stay at home and that you should only leave your home for very limited purposes in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now the rate of COVID-19 infection has fallen, the Government has begun relaxing the social distancing regulations, allowing nonessential businesses to reopen and reducing the distance to be kept from other people – from 2 metres to 1 metre plus other measures, such as wearing face masks.
The Government is advising the public to help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
• stay at home as much as possible
• work from home if you can
• limit contact with other people
• keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
• wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
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FULL TEXT OF CLAIM
Dear all, This is a full and frank message. Please forward to the rest of the family, and your loved ones if you choose. I had a meeting today with our Medical Director, who has been in touch with government. The following therefore has some authority. By the weekend, London will be in full lockdown, with Army manned checkpoints. Only key workers, NHS staff, police, ambulance, fire, delivery drivers, and teachers looking after the children of the above, will be allowed to move around the city. By next week, those restrictions will apply to the country. Tonight Lewisham Hospital is overwhelmed, ambulances on divert, and only a few ventilators left. QEH is close behind. My Trust is in the frontline of this epidemic, mainly due to local demographics. The rest of the NHS is probablyI must now be clear. Anyone over 75 year olds will be denied critical care; anyone over 65 with diseases, eg diabetes, COPD, will be denied critical care. We are ramping up palliative care services. If an elderly patient falls sick, and requires hospital care, there will be an immediate DNAR order on them. They will be palliated, and they will live or die. The government forecast of 250,000 deaths is, we believe, hopelessly optimistic. The mortality rate is very high in the elderly. The ICU stays on a ventilator even in survivors is about three weeks. We will run out of ventilators in a week. The army is setting up field hospitals, no doubt with squaddies manually bagging patients. You will not hear this from Boris Johnson for a few days. But please be assured it is coming. We are two weeks behind Italy. For the family therefore anyone over 65 is to self isolate, possibly for many weeks. Maintain contact through frequent video calls. If they need food or supplies, take them over and leave the bags on the doorstep, and wave at them from at least a six foot distance. They are not to touch the bags for 15 minutes. Do not visit for 14 days if you or anyone in your household is unwell with and fever, cough or ‘flu like symptoms. If you are unwell, stay indoors, along with your whole family. Have a neighbour or a friend drop off supplies, with no social contact. We need to blunt the curve, which is right now exponentially rising. For myself, you cannot imagine the stress we are under. The awful decisions we will have to make. We will be taking otherise healthy 60 year olds off a ventilator to die so we can save a 30 year old. Please stay safe. I’ll email when I can with news from the frontline. With much love to you all.