Cystic Fibrosis sufferer and NHS A&E doctor speak out about the importance of self -isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.
On Monday Boris Johnson made the decision to place a lockdown on the UK meaning that all shops selling non-essential goods, such clothing and electronics, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms were forced to close.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, for some people, coronavirus means life or death.
Vikki Johnson, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis has spoken out about coronavirus. Her message is clear. If she contracts coronavirus then her health will be at serious risk.
She said, “If you are somebody who has a choice you should not want to risk that and self-isolate for the sake of other people who are at high risk.
It’s so easy for me to contract this virus, I can’t even touch my post.”
The prime minister made it clear that the public who are at high risk should not leave their homes and should not go out to do shopping, pick up medicine or exercise.
“I didn’t have a choice to have cystic fibrosis, you have a choice.”
The UK coronavirus death toll has risen to 474 today after nine more deaths were recorded in Wales and Scotland.
The Government has now published a Coronavirus Action Plan and this also talks about the role of self-isolation, which could potentially include wider groups of people across the UK who have symptoms such as a cough or fever.
Doctor Stuart Booth explains that the NHS will be under massive constraints if people do not listen to the government and isolate themselves.
He said “The government’s advice at the minute is to get that curve to gradual incline so it doesn’t surpass that point at which the NHS is unable to cope with the number of patients.
Social isolation is what is needed at this point to protect the vulnerable.”