GMB's Dr Hilary warns whole 'alphabet' of Covid-19 variants will emerge

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has warned that we will see a whole alphabet of coronavirus variants emerge in years to come.

Speaking on the ITV show about people travelling out of the country for a holiday, the ITV doctor stated that it’s too much of a risk to book anywhere as new strains occur.

He told the panel that ‘ coronavirus is here to stay’ and it will constantly mutate causing an ‘alphabet’ of different strains to occur.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) gave new names to the strains based off the Greek alphabet, including Alpha for the UK variant and Beta for the South African.

It comes as the countries on the ‘green list’ are hanging in the balance with Portugal facing a downgrade to amber, meaning people would have to quarantine on return home.

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones says ‘coronavirus is here to stay’

When asked about whether more variants could pop up amid travel restrictions easing, Dr Hilary said: “There will be, we’ve already had thousands of variants.

“People are very keen to get rid of the countries being blamed for a new variant, for example, now the Kent variant is considered to be the Alpha variant and the Indian is the Delta so this Nepal would be Epsilon.”

He continued by stating that there is a stigma involved with the countries name attached to certain variants.

Dr Hilary said: “We shouldn’t stigmatise where these variants come from, there will be a whole alphabet of variants that will emerge in years to come.

“Coronavirus is here to stay, it’s going to change, it’s going to mutate.

“What we don’t want is a variation that is resistant to vaccination because it would negate everything that we’ve already done in getting as far as we have, that’s a real risk.

“We need to get a handle on this and get as much of the world vaccinated as we possibly can.”

Speaking about the anticipated restrictions lifting at the end of June, Dr Hilary said the public will need to continue to wear masks and social distancing.

He continued: “A quarter of our population has not yet been vaccinated at all that’s millions of people still vulnerable to this virus.

“I think people are saying ‘this has been a real nuisance we want to come out of this thing now, we’ve lived with this for a year and a half it’s such a nuisance, I want to get on with our lives and get back to normal’.

“If it’s just a nuisance they’re really lucky.

“This is a disease that’s killed millions of people around the world and it’s still there, it’s forever changing.

“The vaccination is not perfect and the more people that get together in large gathering the more the risk so we need to encourage as much vaccination as possible.”


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