SAGE adviser says workers shouldn’t be forced back to the office amid warnings a sharp drop off in WFH could trigger a ‘rapid increase’ in Covid hospitalisations

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  • Professor Stephen Reicher said the return to work has increased contact
  • He warned that this could lead to an increase in the cases of Kovid across the country.
  • Boris Johnson lifted guidance on working from home where possible in July
  • But he has warned he will back down if the NHS comes under severe pressure

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Professor Stephen Reischer warns Britons not to be forced to return to office

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An adviser to SAGE claimed today that Britons should be allowed to continue working from home rather than being forced back into office.

Professor Stephen Reacher claimed that the number of people coming in contact with someone every day has reached its highest level this year.

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He said it was motivated by people being ‘necessary to go back to work’ and not ‘partying all the time’ of millions of adults.

Professor Reacher warned that this increased the chances of coming into contact with another person who had the virus, threatening another surge in Covid cases.

The modeling comes after the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group’s consensus statement on the Operational Sub-Group (SPI-MO), which claimed that there was still ‘the potential for another big wave of hospitalizations’ as the pandemic continues. Is.

The SAGE sub-panel said: ‘There is a clear consensus that the continued high level of homework in recent months has played a very important role in halting the continued pandemic escalation.

‘It is highly likely that a significant reduction in housework will result in a rapid increase in hospital admissions over the next few months.’

Boris Johnson lifted the guidance to work from home where possible on ‘Independence Day’ on July 19 and since then employees have returned to offices.

Unveiling his winter COVID plan at a Downing Street press conference yesterday, the prime minister warned that the measure could be rolled back if vaccines fail to keep a lid on the virus.

Raging pubs, shops and small businesses razed plans and experts warned the move could cripple the economy this winter.

SAGE scientists have also called for a return of ‘pingdemic’ if cases spiral out of control again and the NHS comes under severe pressure.

In an advisory to ministers last week – but only published yesterday – he recommended isolating all close contacts of cases, regardless of vaccination status, in the event of a surge in cases.

The summer sparked chaos after quarantine rules forced millions into self-isolation, leaving supermarket shelves empty and pubs closed.

Hoping to eventually end the chaos, the government scrapped measures for fully vaccinated adults and children in August.

Boris Johnson left Work from Home Guidance in July.  But at last night's Downing Street press conference (pictured) he warned it could be brought back this winter

Boris Johnson left Work from Home Guidance in July. But at last night’s Downing Street press conference (pictured) he warned it could be brought back this winter

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid could rise to 7,000 a day within weeks, government scientific advisers warned in a gloomy prediction

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid could rise to 7,000 a day within weeks, government scientific advisers warned in a gloomy prediction

The estimated total number is worse than last year and seven times higher than the latest figures – indicating that the number admitted in England was just 1,009

The estimated total number is worse than last year and seven times higher than the latest figures – indicating that the number admitted in England was just 1,009

Professor Reicher, who is a member of the SAGE advisory group Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behavior (SPI-B), said a large-scale return to work risks accelerating Covid cases.

An expert from the University of St Andrews told Times Radio, ‘In the last few weeks people have started mixing more.

‘The rate at which we mix, the number of contacts we have per week has increased to 5.3, the highest for a year.

Sajid Javid warns there could be another lockdown this winter if Covid hospitalizations take place – and SAGE calls for ‘pingdemic’ to return

Sajid Javid today reiterated the government’s warning that another lockdown may be required if the COVID crisis gets out of hand this winter.

The health secretary claimed it would be ‘irresponsible’ to dismiss the intervention altogether, but said he was optimistic that it would not be necessary because of the vaccine’s effectiveness.

It came after it was revealed that SAGE scientists had called for the return of ‘pingdemic’ should the virus spiral out of control.

In an advisory to ministers last week – but published only yesterday – he recommended isolating all close contacts of COVID cases, regardless of vaccination status.

The government only scrapped the rule for people who shut down completely this summer after shops and hospitality businesses were forced to close, because so many staff members were ‘pinged’ by NHS apps and were self-employed. – Were apart.

A SAGE advisor said today that cases of the pandemic could have been prevented from rising to 100,000 a day.

It follows Boris Johnson’s warning last night that the lockdown would be a ‘last resort’ Plan B and is only used if the NHS is in danger of being overwhelmed by winter.

Mr Javid, who is a much more ‘hawk’ than his predecessor Matt Hancock, said he wants to avoid the lockdown because of its harmful effects on cancer and other health conditions.

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‘But when you look more closely, what you find is almost all due to people mixing at work – a 63 percent increase – and virtually nothing to do with meeting and socializing at home.

‘So, the problem is not that people like to party all the time, the problem is that people are not given a choice because they need to go back to work.’

He continued: ‘That’s why it makes sense for people to work at home if they can, and if they want to, to force people to move in, to avoid appearanceism.’

Professor Reacher called on the government to take measures to control the pandemic earlier rather than later.

“We are talking about… giving people the support they need to be able to self-isolate and so on,” he said.

‘It’s only when you allow things to get out of control, and only when you have incredibly high rates and need to slam the brakes, that’s when the lockdown comes.’

Professor Andrew Hayward,…

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