Why is the UK the only country not closing schools?

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They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
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They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
The governments solution to sorting out the contravirus is to let 60% of population become infected so the nation will get herd immunity.

I saw a news article about it today.....
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Proceeds to refer the UK as a country and forgot that N.I. have shut down which is part of the UK
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The governments solution to sorting out the contravirus is to let 60% of population become infected so the nation will get herd immunity.

I saw a news article about it today.....
Can you provide the link of this article, please?
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Because our government is stupid and led by an even more stupid leader. Boris seems to lack common sense, with the dangerously stupid idea of developing herd immunity, despite reports of victims developing the virus for a second time after catching it. Then again, this is the leader that the majority of Britain voted for...
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Because our government is stupid and led by an even more stupid leader. Boris seems to lack common sense, with the dangerously stupid idea of developing herd immunity, despite reports of victims developing the virus for a second time after catching it. Then again, this is the leader that the majority of Britain voted for...
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Proceeds to refer the UK as a country and forgot that N.I. have shut down which is part of the UK
Schools are open in Northern Ireland, they are closed in the Republic.
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Can you provide the link of this article, please?
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-12/...robert-peston/
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
At this point in time it will do nothing if you shut down schools and colleges. Having looked into it and the science behind it it’s actually a good idea.
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
Basically, if they close schools, NHS workers have to take time off work to look after kids, which puts even more strain on the NHS
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People would get too scared and the economy is first
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Because our government is stupid and led by an even more stupid leader. Boris seems to lack common sense, with the dangerously stupid idea of developing herd immunity, despite reports of victims developing the virus for a second time after catching it. Then again, this is the leader that the majority of Britain voted for...
From what I have researched, there is absolutely zero evidence suggesting that someone can contract COVID-19 twice. If there is a paper/article written by a credible source somewhat suggesting this then please link it to me. Also I think the government's plan is a lot more sensible than that of France's or Ireland's as suspending schools for a few weeks will only mean children will be back during a potential peak or rise of cases, therefore aiding the spread of the virus. Suspending schools for longer will also put NHS employees out of work as they would have to look after their kids, putting strain on the NHS.
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We'll have our lockdown in a few weeks, don't worry.

The virus is going to infect a lot of people no matter what happens, and we're going to have to close a lot of stuff soon. But the hit to individuals - personal finances, mental health, childcare, stress levels, all manner of service and goods supply issues - from a lockdown will be huge, and there's no point inflicting massive social and economic damage on people (and the country, seeing as a functional economy isn't an optional extra) for longer than necessary.
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Schools are open in Northern Ireland, they are closed in the Republic.
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They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
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my school is closed, at least there is no lectures/workshop/seminars. everything will be on blackboard so we can self study. or are you expecting self study should also be closed?
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
They have their rationale for it - but why is the UK the only country that seems to be following this approach? I wouldn't question it if other countries were following it but it seems odd that we aren't closing schools.

In my view - and I'm not a scientist - close schools, close borders, shut down all air travel. Seems common sense should prevail here
Because its seen as ineffective and will cause more issues than it solves. The young are the least at risk.
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From what I have researched, there is absolutely zero evidence suggesting that someone can contract COVID-19 twice. If there is a paper/article written by a credible source somewhat suggesting this then please link it to me. Also I think the government's plan is a lot more sensible than that of France's or Ireland's as suspending schools for a few weeks will only mean children will be back during a potential peak or rise of cases, therefore aiding the spread of the virus. Suspending schools for longer will also put NHS employees out of work as they would have to look after their kids, putting strain on the NHS.
Exactly. Most of the people are spreading rumours and causing unnecessary panic and hysteria.
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Because what hes doing is actually right. Closing down schools and other places will not help as once they reopen, theres a greater chance of the virus resurfacing again and infections getting higher. What hes saying is the more the population gets infected, the more resistant they become. Basically implying to develop herd immunity.
I dont like him but I think hes right on this one. By going incognito for a week or 2 weeks then resurfacing will not really help.
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Because what hes doing is actually right. Closing down schools and other places will not help as once they reopen, theres a greater chance of the virus resurfacing again and infections getting higher. What hes saying is the more the population gets infected, the more resistant they become. Basically implying to develop herd immunity.
I dont like him but I think hes right on this one. By going incognito for a week or 2 weeks then resurfacing will not really help.
I thought the whole point of this was to avoid infection. there's been reports as people have mentioned of people getting it twice. surely if this method was more foolproof, other countries woulk be followng it
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