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  • Writer's picturechris walsh

What about us the fit and healthy over 70s?

I am part of an education campaign we are running with a petition to 38 degrees https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-lock-down-for-all-people-over-70?share=61d12a40-b104-44ae-99cf-752d15f211f4&source=email-share-button&utm_source=email where we are asking people to sign up to no lock down for over 70s when it is safe to end the lock down. While there are many older people who are part of the 1.4 million people at risk due to health conditions and who will need to stay safe at home, , there are millions more who are fit and healthy and who want and need to be able to play a full role in society and the economy along with everyone else when the lock down is relaxed. All we are asking for is that age is not the criteria for enforcing continued lock down but that health is.

This easy and crude measure to keep all older people in lock down ( take your pick which age you start at 50+, 60=, 65 or 70+ 0 is part of an ageist approach which ignores the enormous contribution we make as workers, as volunteers, as carers and as active members of society.

We are not saying that the lock down should end now, on the contrary we are very concerned that the lock down only ends when it is safe to do so . But when it does end it should end for everyone not at risk because of multiple health conditions ( of any age)

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