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Young People Told To Isolate Should Be Given Free Data And Streaming, SAGE Recommends

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Young People Told To Isolate Should Be Given Free Data And Streaming, SAGE Recommends

Young people told to isolate during the coronavirus pandemic should receive free data and access to streaming sites and gaming, experts have advised.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has said it's important that young people are financially supported should they be told to stay at home.

The group warned that compliance with Covid-19 rules among those aged 18-29 is falling compared to older people due to a "lack of trust in government".

Under the current rules, people have to isolate for 10 days after getting symptoms of the deadly disease, or 14 days if they have had contact with someone who has them.

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A document from SAGE last month said: "Data suggest that young people may have strong motivation to adhere, but this is undermined by lack of trust in government and lack of clear information."

It went on to explain that young people generally have more contact with larger numbers of people than older generations, and are less likely to have sick pay.

England went into a second lockdown this week. Credit: PA
England went into a second lockdown this week. Credit: PA

The document went on: "[This] may undermine their motivation to seek testing and ability to isolate in response to symptoms.

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"Young people asked to isolate or stay at home should be provided with good financial and other support e.g. free mobile phone data, streaming and gaming."

It added: "Communications interventions aiming to change individual behaviour will, on their own, have limited impact."

Supporting its claims, SAGE cited a YouGov poll from September which said just 60 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds supported the UK government's coronavirus measures, the lowest of any age group.

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The group said, therefore, that it was vital information was clear.

The document read: "Interventions should provide accurate information on short-term and long-term consequences e.g. long Covid, risks to loved ones."

This comes as England entered its second national lockdown in the space of a year, with all bars, pubs, and restaurants closed - save takeaways - and all non-essential shops closed for the next four weeks.

Those who could do so were also urged to work from home and people were told not to mix with other households in a private setting.

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SAGE has suggested giving young people free data if they're told to isolate. Credit: PA
SAGE has suggested giving young people free data if they're told to isolate. Credit: PA

Following the introduction of the new rules, some refused to adhere to them.

For example, a tattooist in Bristol said his studio will remain open.

Aron Walton, who owns Holey Skin, said in a video on social media that he was willing to take on any fines that he may get handed for breaching rules.

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He also encouraged other businesses to follow his lead, calling for a Bonfire Night party.

In two videos, he argued that 'now is the time for action', and vowed to keep his tattoo parlour 'open throughout' the month-long lockdown - despite all non-essential businesses being ordered to close.

He said: "Now is the time to say no and f*** you. We do not consent and we are not locking down. We are not shutting our tattoo studio. We are staying open.

"We are open for business, we don't give a f*** about this lockdown... I encourage every business to do the same."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Science, UK government, Coronavirus, Politics, Health

Dominic Smithers
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