PROTECT VULNERABLE PEOPLE TO REBOOT ECONOMY
The problem the project solves
The problems the project solves are two:
1) To Protect Vulnerable People who A) have a serious physical or mental condition and are isolating alone or B) can’t isolate themselves at home from family members/cohabitants, for the time depending on family members or carers to become immune (c16).
2) To Reboot the Economy facing the worst economic crisis since 1930s depression as IMF says (c10).
The proposed solution is to temporary converting some suitable touristic properties to safe sites for at-risk groups in which to “isolate together” boosting the hospitality sector economy and the linked economic sectors. How? At first launching a call for all hospitality sector actors to give availability of their suitable properties to be temporary converted into COVID safe site following a official COVID Risk PLANS, secondly creating a database of local sites available to vulnerable public through a specific-built WEB SITE or APP. And last, funding by government the stays of the in needs ones (private funded just in case of exceeding of offer). It will be necessary define of beneficiaries and create another database of them to be continuously updated.
What we have done during the weekend
We clarified which ones will be pretty all aspects of the project implementation. So we thought about how to identify at-risk populations, which can be done now by National Health Systems throughout traditional channels like family doctors plus tax offices or, when implemented in these specific data, through GIS. We realized that we need to certify these sites when stays will be funded by public, for a matter of responsibility, so it's necessary to approve a new specific Risk Assessment and Management Plan starting also from the “EU guidance for a safe return to the workplace” (issued just a couple a days ago on the 24/04/2020) and based on existing sites conditions such as Good air quality of the location + Natural ventilation, Physical barrier/fence to avoid free entrance/exit: everyone need to pass through CHECKPOINTS (only IMMUNE people can enter in the site), Separate building for “first entrance quarantine”, Large common open areas (private beaches, internal park, swimming pool area, …), Avoid indoor gathering (sealed internal communal spaces), Food catering in rooms (to avoid gathering inside) or outdoor (where possible), Only single rooms or family rooms (if carer needed), Employ only ALREADY IMMUNE staff, Specific Covid-19 risk Training for staff, Staff uses mask and gloves ALWAYS inside site, Sanitation before entering, Measure body temperature at beginning/end shift, etc.
The solution’s impact to the crisis
Like two are the problems which the solution aim to solve, the impact of it will be on two different fronts: the social crisis and the economical crisis. As for the first one it tackles consequences of at-risk people becoming infected (overwhelming hospitals) “flattening the curve” in number of deaths meaning that non-risk population could quickly ease social distancing measures and resuming large gatherings such as school and work. As for the economical ones the solution stimulates economy boosting all hospitality businesses and sectors around it plus fighting also unemployment.
The necessities in order to continue the project
In order to complete the Project it would be necessary at least 2 kind of consultancy: one LEGAL end another FINANCIAL. The LEGAL one in order to finalize the process of approval of a new tipe of RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT PLAN specific for the COVID risk (I suppose it's not part of any PANDEMIC NATIONAL PLAN otherwise we would have seen it in force these days). The FINANCIAL one would be necessary to assess how much it would cost to put in place the plan for the national governments to assist poor people with the expenses of accommodation in such specific sites even if anyone can make the comparison between the value of lost lives (about 100.000 in Europe until now) and the value of what it would have cost to protect those people, instead, hosting them in the SAFE SITES: no proportion considering also the costs faced by national health systems for intensive care units, from which we have seen, only a small percentage have survived (around a third in Europe, 12% in USA)
The value of the solution after the crisis
This solution should be included in any PANDEMIC NATIONAL PLAN so that maybe in a possibly second wave of COVID-19 or other future pandemic it would be possible to resume with normal life as soon as vulnerable people are evacuated in the SAFE SITES without any big loss of lives and financial. Also having a register of vulnerable people always updated can be useful for other planning need (such as social services or market research) as well as having and updated official list of SAFE SITES (and adaptable with little modifications) would be useful un case of future pandemic. Last but not least, teaching vulnerable people the use of technology (while they are staying in the sites) will tackle the unsolved problem of functional illiteracy in Europe, giving these people a chance of a simpler life and increasing Hi-tech diffusion.