GMB: Dr Hilary to Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid were putting far too much faith in vaccination – Bristol Live

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed yesterday (July 5) that lockdown restrictions are set to come to an end on July 19 – and everyone is talking about how people will react, including Good Morning Britain presenters.

Hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid were joined by Dr Hilary Jones this morning (Tuesday July 6) to discuss whether or not people should still be wearing their masks when out and about.

The lift on restrictions will mean that the face mask rule on public transport will be scrapped, as will the one-metre social distancing rule – but these issues seem to be dividing people on whether ‘life should go back to normal’, or whether we all still need to be extra careful.

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But Dr Hilary was keen to stress that face masks “were one thing”, but that what we should focus on is that “we’re putting far too much faith in vaccination”.

Richard Madeley said: “Let’s go back to the masks, although I’m glad that I’m no longer being told I have to wear a mask, I will continue to wear one.

“Until everyone’s been double jabbed, until I sense that people out there are comfortable getting back to a mask less society. I will wear mine because I totally accept that it’s good manners not to spook other people.”

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Susanna Reid replied: “And that’s very community minded of you, but there will be plenty of people, yesterday it was 50/50 between our viewers who said they were going to wear a mask. It’s now 70/30 on the YouGov poll, but that’s still a third of people who won’t wear a mask.

“I’ve already seen a lack of compliance and it’s still a requirement. The people who I’m concerned for are not double jabbed, those who are elderly. You’ll be aware of this Dr Hilary, my parents are in their 80s and I want to know that when they go out there are people who are concerned enough about their health and their vulnerability that they’ll continue wearing masks.”

“But that’s Boris’s point, it’s up to us to keep wearing masks,” Richard jumped in.

“No, but it’s not.” Susanna replied: “It’s not up to my parents what other people do. So it’s alright if my parents wear masks but the point is you want other people to wear the masks.”

This is where Dr Hilary Jones jumped in, he said: “Masks is one thing, social distancing is another, vaccination is a third thing.

“We’re putting far too much faith in vaccination. Everyone is saying it’s a wonderful thing, and it has. It has weakened the link between cases and hospitalisations and deaths… substantially.

“And we would have been in a great position if we were only dealing with the alpha variant and the Kent variant. But actually, we are dealing with the delta variant which is much more transmissible.

“We’re going to have 50,000 cases, probably, in another few days.”

And he added that there are going to be other variants, the more cases we have, we have a factory, a breeding ground, for another variant.

The final decision on Step 4, and when it will commence will be made on July 12, the PM has stressed.

Boris Johnson said we must “balance the risk” of the disease from the virus and the harm from continuing with legal restrictions which “inevitably take their toll on people’s lives and livelihoods, on people’s health and mental health”.

He added: “And we must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer, and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves ‘when will we be able to return to normal?’

“And to those who say we should delay again – the alternative to that is to open up in winter when the virus will have an advantage, or not at all this year.”

 

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