Dr Hilary Jones has suggested opening all the windows is the safest way to enjoy Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The GP discussed the recent advice from Boris Johnson to meet elderly relatives outside if possible, which some have interpreted as a suggestion to eat Christmas dinner outside.
However, chatting to Lorraine Kelly on her show, he described the idea as ‘impractical’ and had an alternative in mind.
‘If you’re gonna be indoors, open the windows, open the doors, have a through-draft, make it as outdoor as possible indoors and put the heating on,’ he said.
‘Yes it’s gonna cost you a few more quid to heat the house with all the windows open in December, but if you really want to be together, that’s probably the best way to do it.’
The 67-year-old pointed out that coronavirus is more likely to spread indoors, adding: ‘Indoors means the droplets hang and lurk in the atmosphere.’
Dr Hilary’s advice comes after the Prime Minister said he wouldn’t be scrapping plans that allow three households to spend Christmas together over five days.
Mr Johnson said ‘If you do form a Christmas bubble, then be especially careful to observe the guidance – meet outdoors where possible, wash your hands regularly, keep a distance from those you don’t live with, and, if you meet indoors, ensure good ventilation by letting in fresh air.’
Meanwhile, Dr Hilary has been warning of a possible third wave ‘if we’re not careful’, following the rules being relaxed over Christmas.
Speaking to presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, he mentioned the vaccine, and explained: ‘We’re not through this yet. We’ve got a weapon now but we have to give it a chance, so I appeal to everybody to just be careful and patient during this Christmas.
‘We’ve seen crowds of people flocking together for the sales pre-Christmas. We’ve seen people desperate to get out there and gather with their families in three households, which could be any number of people.’
He continued: ‘It’s going to be a huge mistake. We are facing a third wave if we’re not careful, in January and February because it will take several months for this vaccine to be rolled out to sufficient numbers of people to make a difference to the R number.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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