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Dr Hilary Jones warns more coughs and colds are ‘inevitable’ after ‘living like hermits’ during pandemic

Dr Hilary explained why more people may suffer from colds this year (Picture: ITV)

Dr Hilary Jones has warned that more people showing symptoms of colds and coughs is ‘inevitable’ after ‘living like hermits’ during the pandemic.

In recent weeks, there has been discussion among members of the public of people suffering from colds for the first time in over a year.

On Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary explained to Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid why that may be, as the protective measures introduced to safeguard against Covid-19 also prevented people from catching and spreading other viruses.

When Susanna remarked that the spread of common colds may be down to ‘weaker immune responses’, Dr Hilary replied that is ‘almost certainly’ the case’.

Susanna then added that it’s ‘almost like we forgot about the other viruses’ because ‘one dominated our headlines’.

‘First of all we’ve been living like hermits to some extent for the past 21 months. We’ve been socially distancing, we’ve been wearing masks, and the same things that have protected us against Covid-19 protected us against the other common cold viruses, of which there are tens of thousands,’ Dr Hilary responded.

Susanna questioned Dr Hilary about the spread of colds and coughs (Picture: ITV)

‘So now as we approach winter as well, when the weather is cooler and people flock together more and we’ve abandoned the restrictions that Covid-19 imposed, it’s inevitable we’re going to see more coughs and colds.’

Dr Hilary outlined that he has heard reports of ‘many, many people suffering from extended colds, which aren’t Covid’.

‘They’re doing the lateral tests, they’re all coming back negative, lots of transmission among schoolchildren particularly, and we’ve seen the same thing happen in Hong Kong and New Zealand with frequent colds and coughs and quite nasty side effects as well,’ the GP warned.

Last week, Phillip Schofield clashed with a scientist on This Morning as the TV presenter insisted that ‘we can’t get paranoid’ isolating over colds as well as Covid-19.

Epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector explained that variants of coronavirus may have symptoms that are more similar to a cold, which may result in people inadvertently spreading the virus to vulnerable members of society.

‘Until you feel better, while you feel unwell, you should stay at home as much as possible,’ he said, prompting Phillip to reply: ‘We’ve lived like this forever. We’ve given each other coughs and colds. Covid came along and changed the ballpark a wee bit here. We can’t end up being paranoid about winter coughs and colds.’

Good Morning Britain airs from 6am weekdays on ITV.


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