About one in twenty people in England who were shielding will no longer be working by the end of the year
Two-thirds of vulnerable workers who protected to avoid getting Covid-19 like to return to offices and factories, research shows
- About 6% of those who are classified as extremely vulnerable clinically will not return
- Another 21% said they would continue to work from home
- The shielding was interrupted on August 1 and vulnerable people were able to return to work
Two-thirds of people who protected to avoid catching Covid-19 like to return to work, a survey found.
Twenty-four percent of the “clinically extremely vulnerable” workers are now “completely comfortable” to return to work.
Another 44 percent would like to return if protective measures have been taken, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey.
But about one in twenty people in England who have been shielded to avoid contracting the coronavirus have no plans to return to work anytime soon.
About six percent of those identified as extremely vulnerable, including those with rare diseases, had no plans to return to work this year.
Another 21 percent said they plan to continue working from home as during the foreclosure period, which began in March.
About 35 percent said they would return to their previous workplace in the next four months.
It follows a survey of leading charities, which found that 42 percent of Britons shielded would not stop on August 1.
Of the CEV people who don’t work comfortably outdoors, 24 percent said they planned to return to work in the next four months. But 11 percent said they would not return
About one in 20 people in England who were shielded to avoid contracting the coronavirus do not plan to return to work anytime soon (stock, work environment where people wear masks)
In total, 2.2 million people in England were identified by the government earlier this year as being clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to the impact of Covid-19.
Their immune systems were considered too weak to cope with the burden of a coronavirus should they catch it.
They were advised to protect themselves from others – not even out of the house to buy food or medicine – until last Saturday, when the program was officially interrupted.
UP TO 80% OF THAT SHIELD WILL NOT STOP
Up to 80 percent of people who are shielded said they wouldn’t quit on August 1, a survey found.
Prominent charities Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation surveyed nearly 4,000 people who had shielded in England.
They found that 42 percent planned to continue the shield after August 1 – the date the shield was interrupted.
About 40 percent are undecided.
When asked how long they will continue to shield, two-thirds said they should be happy that the risk of contracting coronavirus is low, with 21 percent saying they are waiting for a vaccine.
The majority also felt that the foreclosure and closure were lifted too soon, and 78 percent said they thought the government in England lifted the restriction restrictions too soon.
Major respiratory charities have heard firsthand from thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by shielding. For many, it has been extremely isolating and difficult, and the charities fear that those who wish to continue to protect may be at risk of being forgotten.
About 623,000 (28 percent) of the CEV people worked before receiving shielding guidelines.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) conducted a survey of 4,081 people between July 9 and 16, before guidance changed.
Six percent were confident they had no plans to return for the next four months, despite Boris Johnson’s requests to employers to get their staff back to work.
That means that an estimated 38,000 painters who were already working before Covid-19 would not get back to work anytime soon.
Tim Gibbs, of the US public services analysis team, said, “Before being advised to foreclose, nearly a third of CEV people were working.
“Most plan to return to work or continue working at home in the next four months, but about one in twenty CEVs plan not to return to work.
“Of those who said they would work outside the home, 68 percent said they would be happy if they or their employer took protective measures.”
The figures also show that 60 percent of respondents reported fully according to foreclosure guidelines – the equivalent of an estimated 1.3 million people.
Some 65 percent said they had no visitors, except for personal care support.
On July 6, the government announced that CEV people could form a bubble with another household, as well as be in open spaces for sports and for other reasons.
The ONS survey suggests that of those who had not received a visitor without personal care in the past seven days, 36 percent had visitors only from their support balloon, while 35 percent chose not to bubble at all.