Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole has come under fire for his comments on face masks in the battle with coronavirus.
The former pro, 44, shared a photo of two masks on Instagram, and questioned whether they are having an impact amid the pandemic, in the caption.
He reposted a snap from Dr Joseph Mercola, which read: ‘The first randomised trial of more than 6,000 individuals to assess the effectiveness of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection did not statistically significantly reduce the incident of infection.’
The health expert’s comment continued: ‘The so-called “Danmask-19 Trial”, published November 18, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, included 3,030 individuals assigned to wear a surgical face mask and 2,994 unmasked controls.’
While the post is visible on the doctor’s Instagram page, there is a message over the top which states that it is ‘false information’, and had been ‘reviewed by independent fact-checkers’.
A further sign said: ‘Independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact.’
Followers were left fuming over Brendan’s upload, blasting him for sharing dangerous information which could harm others.
Flooding the comments, one hit out: ‘At least make sure you know what you’re talking about before you post this crap.
‘You realise that someone may read this not wear a mask and kill someone.’
‘Outta your depth here,’ a fan suggested. ‘Having worked with Covid pos patients and NOT contracted it, I’ll continue to wear PPE. Unfollowing.’
‘@brendancoleinsta not helpful, inappropriate & inaccurate – case of did not engage brain before posting – follow the official guidelines,’ an Instagram user said.
‘This isn’t really very helpful,’ another replied.
‘The original post has been fact-checked and identified as false information,’ a follower added.
‘Please read up on this to learn why…’
Face masks are vital in controlling the spread of coronavirus.
Government officials have stated that they are mandatory in some public areas, including shops, public transport and schools.
Credit: Original article published here.