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My biggest issue with this is the nhs standard is to run at overcapacity at all times due to cuts from governments. So as great as this sounds all that will happen is a fight between Coronavirus victims and other ill people in hospital. That’s my two cents
If I was a high risk individual , I wouldn't necessarily agree with UK's strategy but on the other hand what do I know .
Herd immunity --> https://www.sciencealert.com/even-those-who-recover-from-corona-can-be-left-gasping-for-breath-afterwards
So I was thinking of building a small web service: http://errand-help.co.uk
The idea is to pair up volunteers with people aged 70+ in self isolation from COVID-19 to help them run errands such as grocery shopping/getting medicines/whatever else.
The idea is to provide an SMS-based service to connect these volunteers with an elderly person who might not have a local support system available to them
The +70 can text
HELP SW1 1AA, and a volunteer will text
VOLUNTEER SW1A 2AA. These two people will then be introduced to each other by the service through another text, so that they may exchange contact details.
This service would need very aggressive vetting and monitoring, to the point that you probably shouldn’t do it, however well intentioned it is. It just gives people automated access to isolated and vulnerable people.
> This service would need very aggressive vetting and monitoring, to the point that you probably shouldn’t do it, however well intentioned it is. It just gives people automated access to isolated and vulnerable people. What if the the people requesting help are provided with contact details of the volunteers and not the other way around?
alternatively it could also accept only DBS checked individuals, although that complicates matters quite a lot
Every online platform needs to plan for the crimes it enables from the very start, that is just the world we live in unfortunately (unless you’re Uber or AirBnB and can just use VC money to outrun the lawsuits or whatever).
As I say, offer the help to AgeUK who have expertise in safeguarding, maybe they will think I’m being paranoid.
> I can put you in touch with some IT savvy people at Age UK though? Could you DM me contact details?