Dr Hilary has revealed that the risk of children dying from coronavirus is “less than being struck by lightning”.
Appearing on today’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, the medical expert said there is strong evidence to suggest children between five and 14 years old are more resilient to the virus.
It comes as plans to fully reopen all primary schools before September have been axed, with secondary schools now set to possibly not reopen until 2021.
However, the healthcare specialist has hit out about this, and calls for schools across the country to reopen due to the risk being so low for children.
But his words were met with a rebuttal from Piers Morgan, who issued a scathing response to any suggestion schools should re-open before the summer holiday.
Dr Hilary told hosts Piers and Susanna: “What I would say about schools is, if you look at the age groups, the risk of anybody dying from coronavirus aged between five and 14 is much less than being struck by lightning.
“It’s about one in 3.5 million. It’s a tiny risk.”
Dr Hilary added: “In fact, it’s so tiny professors who study the speciality of risk say we should not be depriving our children of education when the risk is so tiny.”
But Piers shot back: “Here’s the problem though, Hilary. If schools were just full of little kids, that’s fine. But they are not. They are full of adults.”
“Sure, sure,” Dr Hilary agreed, before Piers carried on undeterred: “Adults will not be having the same PPE as frontline healthcare workers – what if their classsroom of kids all get the virus?”