It’s a sad day in the history of the United Kingdom. Millions of people are jumping for joy as they have been granted permission by the Government of the day to hug a loved one again. If you really haven’t hugged a loved one over the past year because the Government told you not to then we really do pity you. However Good Morning Britain’s resident GP Dr Hilary Jones is not happy. He has warned people that “hugging will pose a serious risk of spreading coronavirus”.
Dr Hilary said that with coronavirus still spreading and with new variants detected, it could be a “mistake” to start allowing such close contact.
“If you are in hugging range and you’re touching somebody, and your face is right next to their’s, you are gonna be breathing the breath that they are exhaling. “The virus is transmitted through aerosol droplets, so the risk is much higher.
“Professor Noakes, she’s part of SAGE, she’s saying that actually she’s worried, and that hugs should be selective.” “They should be short, they should be selective… hug your children, hug your grandchildren, not promiscuous hugs we’re not talking about here, not hugging everybody, not getting too close for too long.
“Right now it might be a mistake, because we have got these new variants, we’ve still got 2,000 cases that we know about every day, probably a lot more that we’re not testing for, so it is still time to be cautious.”