LOCKDOWN - SOLDIER UP
COULD THIS BE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS?
Addressing their nations
World leaders declare war against the coronavirus
"We're at war...Across the French territory, only necessary outings like buying groceries, while respecting guidelines"
"The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades, and this country is not alone. All over the world, we’re seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer."
"This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history."
The World Health Organisation has advised that suspected cases of COVID-19 be tested, tracked and isolated, but the transmission rate of this virus means it has outpaced these efforts.
Hundreds of millions of us are now living through the results of this with our countries on lockdown, curtailing our freedoms in ways we have never experienced as we grapple with levels of anxiety and isolation that would have been unimaginable just weeks ago and a threat that will prove fatal for a significant number of us.
So it comes as no surprise that our leaders categorically state that we are at war.
During wartimes our governments have weilded their full power to achieve near impossible goals for the greater good of the nation. We have asked healthy men and women to pick up arms and risk their lives as they join the military, we have evacauted our vulnerable citizens to safer accommodations, and managed social behaviour to align with a united vision of the national agenda.
In short our capabilities to adapt have been impressive when meeting the demands of the times.
But with an invisible enemy and an unfamiliar battleground how do we adapt to these critical times?
As it stands we know the following:
- 85% of closed COVID-19 cases are fully recovered, and of those 94% experience mild symptoms.
- 4% of active cases are experiencing severe conditions, and 0.2% between the ages of 10-39 year olds die and that doubles to 0.4% over the age of 40.
- the vast majority of deaths are comprised of the over 60s and those with underlying health conditions.
During wartimes governments have a responsibility to care for the health of their population while combating the forces of their enemies. In order to achieve this they rely on military recruitment to fight for their county, fight for their countrymen and fight for their fundamental freedoms.
Those valiant individuals who sign up for military service do so knowing they’re risking their lives for the protection of their country, they understand they importance that their role plays in the bigger picture and they understand the concerns of their families and friends.
A UNIQUE ENEMY REQUIRES A UNIQUE STRATEGY
The New Soldier
Knowing that we’re at a critical juncture with a pandemic that puts our lives at risk, and the vast majority of healthy under 40s experience mild symptoms and recover, it’s time for our government to call upon the nation for a new type of soldier.
This soldier would be fit for duty and be required to undergo 'self-immunisation' at a specified centre.
This will be a collaborative effort across governments, health officials, local communities, logistic and media officials. Through strategic targeting to manage the transmission rate CODIV-soldiers could be recruited to undergo self-immunisation, for example London’s Southwark borough could be an option as it has one of the highest amount of CODIV-19 cases while being in the UK’s most densely populated city.
According to official figures Coronavirus has an R0 number of 2.5, so for every infected individual they pass on the virus to an average of 2.5 other people, which over 30 days results in 406 new infections. By utilising an army of thousands CODIV-Soldiers to undergo self-immunisation this will save a significant amount of people from getting infected, in reality this will zero out the transmission rate because the 5 day incubation timeframe (pre-symptom transmission period) is cut out.
An immunisation centre would be setup that could accommodate x amount soldiers, the vast majority will experience mild symptoms so they can be placed in appropriate accommodations i.e. hotel rooms, we can expect 13% to have severe reactions so a medical space with the relevant equipment on hand to deal with those severe cases will be available. This will also act on rotation so as the first batch of soldiers complete their immunisation mission, another batch of can be released after the 14 day recovery timeframe.
Once the mission has have been completed, the following goals and objectives will be achieved:
Onward transmission of the virus will be stopped among those immunised and therefore reduced among wider population
Pressure on the healthcare system will be relieved
Build herd immunity.
Confirm a known population of immunised individuals who can then go onto return to work, help others or continue to support government efforts.
Mitigate the fallout from current government strategy (i.e. 75% compliance).
Give the nation a positive initiative to support to counter the restrictions of a lockdown.
Provide a blueprint for other countries to follow to manage this pandemic.
By utilising the above the strategy in alignment with the government's objectives we’ll reduce the spread of coronavirus while at the same time building our population's immunity, reducing the economic and social impact of this pandemic,
This is a bold idea designed to use the healthiest individuals to combat this virus to save lives and protect the NHS. This approach like with any war, does have its risks but every individual signing up will be doing so with the same spirit, bravery and camaraderie as our military forces, they should be applauded for their commitment to risk their lives for the greater good of the nation and indeed the world.
Published March 13th 2020
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