THERE seems to be a view being bandied about that after putting a strict ‘bio defence’ around old folks homes (which should have been done immediately the Government became aware of the virus problem), other folks on the street should be exposed to the virus in the hope survivors then have immunity.

This smacks of Darwin’s theory of evolution and the survival of the fittest. Perhaps we should call it ‘selektion’ – and that is spelled correctly.

The virus did not walk into old folks homes, nor come through the windows on an airstream. Obviously visitors or staff brought the problem, but they cannot be blamed.

The blame lies with central government, its cavalier negligence, both for running down PPE stocks, to save money, plus its attempts to put a ‘bio-security fence’ around the homes.

An interesting question – has the global population ever acquired immunity from Spanish flu? So why assume such will succeed now?

GB Butler, Stockton-on-Tees.