Young people who don’t live with their parents should be allowed to return to work first as part of an easing of coronavirus restrictions, British researchers have suggested.
The approach could ease the “severe damage” that is being done to the country’s economy, according to a briefing paper by Andrew J. Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee from Warwick University.
“Unless a vaccine is discovered quickly, it is unlikely that there will be any riskless or painless course of action,” they said.
“Epidemiological and economic trade-offs will instead have to be faced. The choices at that juncture are likely to be difficult ones for politicians and citizens."
The researchers propose that the millions people aged 20-30 who don't live with their parents be released from quarantine to return to work.
“This would help to restart prosperity before an extraordinary recession takes hold; it would lead to other societal benefits; it would also create a reasonably small, but unfortunately not negligible, extra risk to health in the country," said the paper.
The researchers calculate that there are 4.2 million people who would fall within the age category and who don’t live with parents.