|[Published: Sunday September 27 2020]
Over 45s at greater risk of coronavirus, scientists
LONDON 27 Sep (ANA) - Top scientists did ask the UK government to consider shielding everyone over the age of 45 under new coronavirus plans, reports say.
Papers from SAGE had suggested that those over 45 were at greater risk from the killer bug and could be "segmented" from the rest of the population.
However, the idea was eventually advised against because it was considered unlikely to be successful - but it is still being kept under review.
It follows a similar plan to potentially target over-50s with another lockdown.
The minutes of the 48th meeting of the Sage scientists state: "Although under-45s are at less risk from Covid-19, including lower risk of death, they are nonetheless at some risk and long-term sequelae (consequences) are not well understood."
The document from July 23 adds: "Around two-thirds of people in the UK live in a household which includes one or more individuals aged 45 and above.
"Any segmentation based on this age threshold would therefore affect most households."
The "segmentation" would have involved those over 45 shielding.
Early in the pandemic that meant staying home and avoiding unnecessary contact with others.
Minutes from the July 16 meeting say there is likely to be "merit" in shielding society by age, particularly "to vulnerable people and those likely to have more contact with vulnerable people".
It continues: "Data shows that people tend to have more contacts with others around their own age, but also have a significant number of contacts with those 20-30 years older and younger than themselves (likely to mainly be contacts between parents and children).
"There are also significant levels of contact between grandparents and children."
Figures have shown that children and those aged below 45 are at a lower risk of dying from Covid-19 compared to those over 75.
Office for National Statistics data has shown that only four coronavirus deaths were recorded in children aged one to 14 years old in England and Wales - which is less than 0.01 per cent of the total.
And 574 have been recorded in those aged 15 to 44, or 0.96 per cent of the total.
In comparison, a total of 39,058 people aged 75 and over have died from the virus - which is 65 per cent of the total.(ANA)
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