Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has shown his support for calls to cut the Covid self-isolation period.
It comes after data gatherered by researchers and growing reports of complacency amongst Brits over the quarantine period of 14 days.
On GMB on Monday, Dr Hilary was back in the studio to give his advice and guidance over the virus, which has now seen 873.800 people infected and has caused a total of 58,164 deaths with Covid on the death certificate.
Dr Hilary, a medical expert and healthcare professional, spoke out amid calls for the self-isolation period to be cut drastically in a bid to ensure more people are complying, reports Birmingham Live.
When asked today, Dr Hilary warned: “Currently we know from the excellent symptom survey tracker which was set up by the group at King’s College London is that 11 per cent of people are properly self-isolating.
“That means it is completely insufficient to halt the spread of the virus.” The expert then warned: “It completely negates it.
“To stop the spread of the virus, you have to self-isolate properly.” Dr Hilary continued: “Reducing it to seven days would be a compromise but what we do know from most studies is that people would develop symptoms within that period.
“If they developed symptoms, they would then have to be self-isolating for longer.
“So if it helps people comply, it’s a good idea.
If it works better than the current situation, it would be worth it.”
Later in the show, Dr Hilary added that no decision has been taken, and cautioned that cutting the isolation period could make the situation worse.
He said: “If you keep people self isolating 14 days, you almost guarantee that if someone abides by that, that they’re not going to spread the virus when they come out of self isolation.
“If you only isolated for one day, they’re going to spread the virus if they’ve got COVID-19, or it’s being incubated within their body.
“Seven days, we don’t really know yet, which is why it’s got to be evaluated. Test and trace would avoid the problem completely.
“But there is a real gamble here. If you say it’s going to be a quarantine period of seven days, you could make matters worse, why would you make it worse because you still might not get people self isolating for those seven days in the first place.
“And then if you say seven days, you’re still going to miss some people who were still incubating the virus anyway.
“So it’s a bit of a gamble, and that’s why it hasn’t been decided yet and Sage are looking into it.”
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the UK’s national statistician, was questioned about reports that officials are examining whether to cut the required length of coronavirus self-isolation.
Appearing on the BBC Andrew Marr Show, he was asked if the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies had looked at the issue.
Sir Ian said: “I know that there is work going on to look at the length of isolation and certainly it has been discussed at various times, and I know that in the four nations there is work.”
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