This Morning doctor warns to isolate if you have COVID symptoms even if you test negative
Carl, a GP and director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine said the increase in respiratory illnesses is normal for this time of year, even before COVID-19 existed.
He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield he thinks people should self-isolate for a week if they have any coronavirus symptoms even if they test negative for the illness.
He says this is because it is important to keep the general health of the nation protected during the winter season.
His comments came amid 7,143 cases of coronavirus reported in the UK in the last 24 hours, which is the biggest rise since the pandemic began.
“What happens going through from September into December is we see a rise with respiratory conditions, as schools and universities go back and we go about our daily lives,” said Carl.
“What we are seeing is in line with the seasonal affect, but there are areas of concern in the North East and the North West, where they are slightly out of kilter with the rest of the country.”
He went on: “An issue that has been completely lost here, is if you’re symptomatic, people are going outside because they think they have got mild symptoms.
“I would like a clear rule that says if you have got symptoms now, stay isolated for seven days, irrespective of if you’ve got a positive or negative test.
“Because if you look at the Southern hemisphere, social distancing has had an impact on all infections, influenza, other respiratory conditions, they have stayed very low throughout winter.
“And if that happens, we should have a bumpy ride, but manage to get through this while keeping the economy open.”
* This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am
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