Confusion over government’s new slogan
A senior police officer who survived a spell in intensive care with Covid-19 has criticised the public’s “increasingly blasé” attitude towards observing the lockdown.
Chief supt Phil Dolby of West Midlands police tweeted: “A month ago today, on a ventilator & in a coma, I started to breath for myself! I am v disturbed by the increasingly blasé way ppl are treating the lockdown. With lack of answers around immunity, my family & I are going to remain shielding. I can’t go thru that again. #Covid19”.
Meanwhile, an expert in mental health has added to the growing concern that the government’s new “stay alert” message will confuse people. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth voiced unease this morning on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“The one thing that helps the population is clear, concise and accurate messaging. This one is concise only. The previous message to stay home was at least clear. What does stay alert mean? It will just be confusing, be open to misinterpretation and likely to increase risky behaviour – that means taking risks that will affect everyone and increase infections”, said Prof Til Wykes, vice-dean of the institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London.
“This is not just about preventing deaths but many people who have survived this virus are left with physical problems that will affect them for a very long time. If you are going to re-message then listen to behavioural scientists about how to do it best”, added Wykes, in a comment issued through the Science Media Centre.
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