Continued care home measures are cruel

One of the most damaging hangovers from Covid is an unwarranted aversion to risk. The virus continues to circulate, but infections acquired through vaccination and immunity have massively reduced its ability to cause serious illness or death. Hysterical predictions that lifting the last remaining legal restrictions would result in a public health disaster have been proven embarrassingly wrong.

However, some bodies seem to be refusing to accept that the worst of the pandemic is over. In particular, many hospitals and nursing homes still prohibit people from visiting their friends or relatives.

It’s not just disproportionate. It is certainly inhuman and cruel. The consequences of isolating patients or nursing home residents from friends and family are likely to be far more damaging than the small risk of them contracting the virus. The directive also raises safety concerns: if they can’t see her in person, many people will fear their loved ones won’t get the treatment they need, especially if they’re at risk.

A letter to this newspaper from a senior Conservative group said hospitals and healthcare providers are misinterpreting relevant laws and guidelines. They are calling on the government and medical regulators to take immediate action.

In fact they should. Since Covid first emerged, authorities have consistently failed to recognize the cost of their measures. That was more understandable when the virus still posed a serious threat to some groups. Now it’s untenable. Continued care home measures are cruel

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