Professor Robert Dingwall says the UK has “lost sight” of the fact that most people who contract the virus will survive – and this has created a “climate of fear”.
And the scientist, who is part of the advisory group on threats from new and emerging respiratory viruses (Nervtag), said that there was now an “obsession” with the death toll that led people to think that the virus would kill.
He told the Telegraph: “We have this very strong message that has effectively terrorized the population by making them believe that it is an illness that will kill you. “
It happens that the death toll in the UK has dropped to 31,241.
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He said 80% of those who fall ill with Covid-19 “will never need to go to a hospital,” and most of those who go to intensive care recover.
This has created a strong “coronaphobia” – which will make it more difficult for the country to get back on track.
Professor Dingwall, whose work feeds the Government’s Scientific Advisory Panel for Emergencies (SAGE), said: “All of this contributes to this climate of fear and I am not surprised that the government could take an approach rather careful to try to unlock the lock – just because they would be really nervous that if they pushed it too quickly, it would be like having a party and no one coming. ”
He added that a scientist told him that telling people to stay two meters apart was an exaggeration.
He said the expert told him “we knew it was a meter but we doubled it to two because we didn’t think the British people would understand what a meter was and we couldn’t tell them trust to observe it so we doubled it to be on the safe side ”.
This comes as polls have shown that the British are anxious to lift the lock too soon.
Boris Johnson is about to speak to the public to reveal his “road map” to get the country out of isolation.
Downing Street reiterated that the Prime Minister will exercise “maximum caution” when announcing lockout changes on Sunday.
Mr. Johnson’s official spokesperson said, “The PM is clear that we will be taking a maximum precautionary approach.
“I think that is evidently reflected in the comments that the Prime Ministers made in public.”
On devolved administrations which could announce various plans from the British government, while Wales announces the first phase of its plans for relaxation, including the relaxation of the rules of daily practice, the spokesman added: ” The PM launched the call (to the leaders of the decentralized administration on Thursday). we understand that there may be circumstances where there is a discrepancy and where there is supporting evidence.
“We remain committed to taking a four-country approach wherever possible.”