Brits With Covid-19 Should Get Free Access To Streaming Services, Scientists Say
Brits who have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 should be given free access to streaming services to make it easier for them to stay at home, scientists have suggested.
The Independent Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), a team that has been advising the government throughout the pandemic, has suggested this could help increase self-isolation rates.
In a further bid to slow the spread of the disease, SPI-B officials released the suggestion in a new paper, saying that health chiefs should consider a 'self-care package'.
The scientific report was handed to Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which attempts to help the Government to make the best decisions on public health.
The paper reads: "Given the role of boredom and frustration in non-adherence to isolation,
identifying ways to combat this may also be productive. For example, a partnership with the
entertainment industry to provide free access to online games or streaming services could
"Beyond mitigating the negative impact of isolation, room also exists within this area to trial provision of incentives.
"As one illustrative example, particularly for younger adults and children, a partnership with entertainments or sports industries might identify novel 'money can't buy' activities or products only available to those who have self-isolated."
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So... free access to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV for people with symptoms? Well, if you've got to stay home, then it certainly doesn't sound like a bad idea. We've yet to see whether the government will take the suggestion seriously, of course.
This comes just after another study, by researchers at King's College London, which showed that only one out of five Brits with the main symptoms of coronavirus actually self-isolate.
Free access to streaming sites might be just what you need over the next few weeks, especially if you're in the North of the country, seeing as tighter lockdown measures are set to come into force from next Monday (12 October).
Pubs, bars, and restaurants in the North of England are to be forced to close as the government prepares to set out a new tiered lockdown system, with parts of the North set to undergo tighter restrictions.
Under the new measures, on which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly signed off, overnight stays at other people's homes will also be banned.
It comes as the number of coronavirus cases has started to rise across the country, with 14,162 new cases reported on 7 October and 70 sadly losing their lives.
Last week, documents were leaked which outlined a series of alert levels of varying severity, with level three being the highest.
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