Irene and Francis Lau, along with their three-year-old son Freddie, have gone to Beijing, China to visit family for Chinese New Year. They haven't been outside for the last three days as most places are closed. Now, they are awaiting their flight back to the UK but have been told that British Airways flights ‘could be cancelled up two hours before they fly’. Irene is twenty-one weeks’ pregnant and worries she could get sick. On arrival back in London, they have made plans to self-quarantine and work from home.
Long-term illness has seen a growing number of people dropping out of the workforce since 2019.
“Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health," says the Mental Health Foundation.
Union says government will be to blame if patients lose their lives.
Coughs and colds account for the most.