Patrick Vallance had said he would follow “social distancing and hand washing” – but told off and rebuked he should be going further
One of the two Chief Officers advising Boris Johnson – and until now appearing regularly with him in daily press conferences to communicate measures to ‘flatten the curve’ of the spread of the deadly coronavirus – has been publicly rebuked by an expert in the spread of infectious diseases.
For not following his and the government’s own instructions to ‘flatten the curve’.
The government’s Chief Scientific Officer Patrick Vallance tweeted today, after Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus, that he was showing no symptoms – and would merely be following social distancing and hand-washing measures.
But Vallance was publicly rebuked within minutes by epidemiology Professor Helen Ward for not following the government’s guidance on good practice to flatten the curve:
Ward is a professor in infectious disease epidemiology at the Imperial School of Public Health, about as authoritative a voice on the issue as could be imagined.
Ironically, Vallance’s own tweet linked to government guidance – which includes a link echoing Prof Ward’s comment for those who have been in close contact with anyone even manifesting symptoms, let alone confirmed to be infected.
Vallance’s colleague, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, has now manifested symptoms after Johnson’s diagnosis – and is now self-isolating.
Earlier today, Downing Street told the SKWAWKBOX that neither man was symptomatic nor had been tested – an illustration of how rapidly things can change and why precautionary isolation is so necessary as UK deaths from the coronavirus plague start to rocket.
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