Dr Hilary Jones has warned people off continuing with their paper rounds, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The public were told to stay in doors and not leave the house for work unless they were a ‘key worker’, however people have been left confused over the vague terms.
And, during an appearance on Good Morning Britain, the 66-year-old has suggested that those doing a newspaper route should be staying home.
When Lorraine Kelly asked whether a viewer’s son should still be working, he replied: ‘That’s a great question. Probably not…
‘If he’s delivering a paper through the door, he’s not meeting anybody, he’s distancing himself by two metres, he’s getting exercise and he’s in the fresh air…
‘If he’s not seeing anybody… But presumably he’s picking the papers up from the newsagent so it’s contact which is non-essential.
‘People can get the news from us, they don’t need newspapers right now. I shouldn’t be saying that right now…’
Earlier in the episode, Dr Hilary also warned the government over coronavirus testing kits, insisting they could do more harm than good.
The health professional has taken a test himself to try out – and took a second to explain how they work.
Chatting with Kate Garraway, he revealed they were just like pregnancy tests, however, require a drop of blood.
‘What this test shows, and mine was negative, it shows that you have either had the infection already and you have antibodies and are immune or you haven’t been exposed to the virus,’ he said.
However, Dr Hilary wasn’t all that convinced that the public would use the kits correctly, telling the host: ‘If we have this test they have to be really accurate and specific.
‘There’s no point having unreliable tests.
‘People could go back to work without immunity and cause more harm than good.
‘We shouldn’t be selling this to the public. Who is controlling the results and says who can go back to work or not?’
‘It should be done officially by health care professional,’ he added. ‘I hope these won’t be made available on Amazon and Boots to buy.
‘They need to be used by health care professionals first.’
Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.
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