DR HILARY JONES has warned that it would be a "ridiculous idea" to ditch social distancing for workers and warned it could create a second wave of the coronavirus.
The resident Good Morning Britain doctor today praised the efforts of the general public in the UK for adopting social distancing guidelines so quickly.
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His comments came after a former World Health Organization (WHO) executive said there was "no science behind separating".
Dr Hilary joined Ben Sheppard and Susanna Reid in the studio to discuss the measures, albeit at a distance.
Speaking on the show he said: "Listen we’ve been telling people to socially distance for six weeks.
"The thought of reducing our two-meter distance apart for 15 minutes to sitting next to somebody for eight hours a day at one meter apart just seems a ridiculous step to make right now when we’ve done so well in the last six weeks.
"I think we will still need to maintain social distancing and if people go to work we need them to be safe.
"I think we will need to stagger work times and shifts, we will need to keep people quite separate, we will need to make sure they have thorough washing of keyboards, hand sanitiser in plentiful supply and never forget how important hand washing is on a frequent basis.
"We need to do all that otherwise we will get a second peak, I’m sure of it", he added.
Dr Hilary’s comments echo that of UK government officials who revealed yesterday that social distancing measures could be kept in place for up to a year.
The new measures would ban setups such as hot desking and would also look at staggered working hours to avoid crowded public transport routes.
However, former WHO executive Professor Karol Sikora had also recently said on the show that the research relating to social distancing was not conclusive.
He also stated that the main problem with lifting lockdown restrictions would be once people once again start using public transport again to commute to and from their places of work.
He said: "There is no science about the separation. There is some science on droplet spread from people that have been done in the past, but they’re not conclusive.
"If we have lockdown, if we have an app to identify people that have infection and people obey it, if people continue to do that, and people self-isolate if they have symptoms, there will be no problem.
"But workplaces do need some form of closeness together – not less than one meter, but certainly two meters.”
Social distancing was implemented by the government in March. Officials advised that people stay two metres away from each other in order to stop the spread of the virus.
By reducing the amount of times people come into contact with one another it is believed that this can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases such as the coronavirus.
The measures are in place in supermarkets up and down the country and also apply to offices that have remained open during the pandemic.
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