GMB's Dr Hilary Jones says everybody will probably get Omicron

Dr. Hilary Jones has told Good Morning Britain that everyone is likely to get the Omicron variant of Covid-19, but flattening the curve was important as he discussed reducing self-isolation to five days.

Host Susanna Reid had told GMB viewers it looked like Covid-19 self-isolation could be reduced to five days to ease the staffing crisis in places like the NHS and schools.

Dr. Hilary said: “Well if you reduce the amount of time you are self-isolating you will certainly get more people back to work this week. Two weeks later you will have less.

“It’s as simple as that because 30 percent of people are still infectious after five days… going back to work and passing the virus on to their co-workers.

“After seven days it’s 16 percent, a significant difference.

“You can’t keep self-isolating just because it’s convenient. There’s a reason for that.

“Scientists say keep it at seven days. The economists say let’s shorten it or get rid of it all together.”

Dr. Hilary also stressed that Omicron has caused problems in the NHS and although it is milder there are more people who are seriously ill.

And he spoke out against herd immunity, saying we are still in the process of flattening the curve and trying to allow the NHS to cope.

He added: “You can’t say just because it’s milder we forget everything we’re doing and let it spread through the community so we have herd immunity. We’re still flattening the curve trying to cope with allowing the NHS.. We want fewer people to get infected at once.

“In the end, everyone will probably get Omicron, vaccinated or not.

“But people will have less of a hard time getting vaccinated with all three shots and we will have fewer people in hospital and the NHS will be able to cope.”


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