Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones hit back at a viewer’s comments about not wearing face coverings in public.
He went on to suggest many people could be deemed “selfish” for deciding against wearing masks in public, to help stop the spread of Covid-19 as the pandemic continues.
It came after hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard revealed a GMB poll saw just over 30 per cent of viewers confessing they did not think a mask should be compulsory in shops.
A “concerned” Ben then read out a tweet from one viewer who said she would not wear a mask, reports The Mirror.
It said: “I will not wear a mask. Sorry I don’t feel that it’s necessary, cos as long as I wash my hands, I don’t cough or splatter over anyone, I keep my distance, that’s easy enough for me to do.”
Dr Hilary then warned why it had to be everyone or no-one when it came to wearing coverings in public.
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He confessed why it would be deemed “selfish” for people to ignore the advice too, and why people should take it seriously.
Hilary told viewers: “Well she doesn’t know if she’s asymptomatically carrying Covid-19.
“She may think she’s healthy and well, but so many people have been despite carrying Covid-19, so she is potentially putting other people at risk.
“So you could say that she is being selfish. She might feel well, and if everybody felt like that and nobody wore masks then probably the transmission rate would increase.”
He went on: “I think that those people, and in our poll there are about 32 per cent aren’t there who say we don’t think it should be made obligatory
“The more people who think they don’t need to, ‘we don’t need to wash our hands, we don’t need to wear masks, we don’t need to take precautions, we can go to the beach, we can get in people’s cars’… they’re the ones who will put the transmission rate up.
“They’ll impair the economy, make the NHS under strain again, and I think we either all do it or none at all.”
It follows Kate’s return to hosting duties on Monday, as she vowed to “have fun” on the show.
Husband Derek Draper has been critically ill since being struck down with coronavirus in March, with Kate stepping down from the show amid their ordeal.
Addressing her return, Kate wanted to “have fun” as she replaced Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on GMB.