One of our long-standing clients is Imperial College London, one of the world’s foremost universities, with an outstanding record of research and innovation since its establishment in 1907. The latest challenge, and perhaps the greatest, presented to Imperial’s brilliant teams of scientists is the race against time to understand and defeat the deadly Coronavirus: COVID-19.
The United Kingdom, common with many countries across the globe, is in a state of lockdown, which the majority of the population recognise as essential to slow the deadly progress of the virus. This is a difficult time for many people, with daily routines being severely restricted by the government with the aim of ‘flattening the curve’ to prevent the NHS being swamped by critical demands that could not otherwise be met, with the probability of a very high death rate quickly following.
In a landmark report to MP’s, Imperial College’s Professor Neil Ferguson, Director of J-IDEA, stated that the lockdown can help the NHS manage the Coronavirus. Speaking to the Science and Technology Committee, he went on to further explain that “if current measures work as expected, the intensive care demand would peak in approximately two to three weeks and then decline thereafter”.
Professor Ferguson’s assessment, while not making the government-imposed quarantine any easier for some, provides a clear and unarguable explanation as to why this has to be the approach. Those astonishingly flexible and courageous people who make up the front line of the NHS, and other care organisations, have to be supported and properly protected against COVID-19. Reports and observation suggests that we are currently failing to properly provide that protection for all. This has to change as a matter of utmost urgency. If we fail, history will judge us harshly, and rightly so.
The team at greensplash admire and support the work being carried out to ensure the safety and good health of the nation.
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