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Phillip Schofield clashes with scientist as he insists ‘we can’t get paranoid’ isolating over colds as well as Covid: ‘We’ve lived like this forever’

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Phillip Schofield really isn’t here for people isolating if they have cold symptoms even if they test negative for Covid-19, clashing with a scientist on the subject.

On the government’s website, it states that anyone who exhibits coronavirus symptoms or tests positive for the virus should stay at home and self-isolate as soon as possible.

With children across the UK heading back to school for the new academic year, there has been some discussion over what parents should do if their children show symptoms for the common cold, as they decide whether or not they should keep their kids home from school.

On Tuesday’s edition of This Morning, Phillip and his co-host Holly Willoughby welcomed epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector and Dr Sara Kayat onto the show to discuss the debate.

Professor Tim explained that while the main symptoms of Covid-19 outlined by the government are still having a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change of smell and taste, the coronavirus variants might have changed the symptoms to make them more ‘cold-like’.

The scientist said that while other countries have recognised the way the virus is ‘painting a picture of different symptoms’, the UK government has ‘ignored’ this for six months.

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Phillip said we’ve ‘given each other coughs and colds’ in the past (Picture: ITV)

He stated that symptoms commonly associated with having a cold, including having a headache, a sore throat, a runny nose and sneezing, may be signs of Covid-19, stating: ‘The reality is out there, most people getting Covid are presenting with cold-like symptoms’, adding: ‘We need to be aware of that.’

He warned that people with symptoms commonly associated with a cold going to schools, work or visiting vulnerable people at care homes could inadvertently spread Covid-19.

While Professor Tim emphasised that ‘we have to be sensible’ if people do show cold-like symptoms, Phillip pointed out that there have been two or three people around him who have had colds and have tested negative for Covid-19.

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Professor Tim reminded Phillip that spreading Covid is still a risk (Picture: ITV)

‘Is this where we are now? So the usual cold that you get in the winter now could be, you can’t send your kids to school, lock yourselves back up again… it’s just a cold!’ he said.

Professor Tim said that as it may be ‘hard to tell’ the difference, a ‘practical’ solution needs to be found, such as if people do exhibit cold-like symptoms, spending a couple of days at home away from other people and doing a lateral flow test.

‘Until you feel better, while you feel unwell, you should stay at home as much as possible,’ he said, adding that this may end up becoming common practise over the next few years to avoid ‘spreading colds or other viruses’.

Phillip then responded, stating: ‘There’s the rub, Tim. Suddenly, you don’t want people going in and giving other people coughs and colds.

‘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.’

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Phillip told the group about his daughter’s recent ‘persistent cough’ (Picture: ITV)

Phillip outlined how his daughter recently had a ‘persistent cough’ and despite testing negative for coronavirus with a PCR test, she felt ‘paranoid’ and ‘terrified’ to go anywhere because she was coughing’.

‘And that’s where we’ve ended up now, so where we would normally have just had coughs and colds and gone through the season with them now you’re saying, “You’ve got to be careful, don’t go to work, don’t go to school, ‘cause you might give someone a cough”,’ he said.

However, Professor Tim pointed out that ‘you might give them Covid as well’.

‘We have one of the highest hospitalisation rates in Europe at the moment because we’ve got too complacent about Covid,’ he said.

‘We’ve gone from one extreme of being over-worried to the other extreme saying, “We don’t have to worry about anything, vaccines will take care of it”, and I think it’s the wrong attitude. We have to have somewhere in the middle.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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