Eamonn Holmes confirmed he will not be seeing his 92-year-old mum for Christmas, over coronavirus worries.
Government guidelines currently state that three households can mix over the festive period, in a ‘Christmas bubble’ – something that has sparked concern as Covid-19 numbers continue to rise.
Speaking on today’s This Morning, the presenter announced that he would be staying put in the UK as the ‘risk’ is just too high.
Ruth Langsford explained there were ‘so many people wrestling’ with the debate on whether to see their families at Christmas.
To which Eamonn replied: ‘We’re all wrestling with it.
‘I’ve made the decision I will not travel to Ireland to see my 92-year-old mother.
‘I think she would prefer if I came but I just couldn’t… I mean, you go through an airport, it’s too much of a risk.
‘We’ve got the vaccine just around the corner.’
Agreeing, Ruth continued: ‘It’s that light, it’s like, do we want to risk that?
‘Some people are saying, if they do it responsibly and care for the people who are vulnerable, be safe and socially distanced, that they can do it.
‘It’s a very, very difficult one.’
Elsewhere on the episode, Professor Paul Hunter explained there has been some confusion on the rates of coronavirus transmission in homes.
The health expert was on the show to discuss whether people should continue on with their plans to celebrate Christmas with their respective bubbles.
Speaking about whether Christmas should be cancelled, the health expert insisted that those who are symptomatic or have come into contact with someone who has the virus, should follow all guidelines.
‘Meeting up in people’s homes over Christmas will increase the risk of transmission,’ he told the hosts. ‘I think it’s right that we are allowed to do so, but there are big provisos to that.
‘If you are symptomatic, if you live with somebody who’s got Covid or has been tested for Covid [and is] positive, if you’ve been told to self-isolate, Christmas is not a reason why you can ignore that advice.
‘The risk of transmission in people’s homes is real, but it has been overstated by many people. ‘Earlier this week, I was on a programme where it was said that, if you going into a house with somebody who’s infected with Covid, you’re almost certainly going to get it. Which is absolutely not true.
‘The secondary attack rate in homes is about 20%, so about one-in-five chance if you live with somebody.
‘That drops to about one-in-eight if you live with somebody for less than five days, and it drops probably to about one-in-20 if you are asymptomatic.’
This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10am, on ITV.