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THE POS­I­TIVE PRO­FES­SOR

- PRO­FES­SOR KAROL SIKORA CMO of Ruther­ford Cancer Cen­tres and For­mer Direc­tor of WHO Cancer Pro­gramme Twitter

SO­CIAL me­dia’s voice of calm Karol Sikora has been signed up by the Daily Ex­press. Read­ers can now en­joy his sooth­ing ad­vice in these trou­bled times that have won him hun­dreds of thou­sands of fol­low­ers on Twit­ter. If you need re­as­sur­ing ev­ery­thing’s go­ing to be all right read Pro­fes­sor Pos­i­tiv­ity.

WHEN we sent our let­ter to the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cers on Mon­day we knew that it would ruf­fle a few feath­ers.

But I had no idea quite how big the splash would be.

Sadly many have lashed out, but in such a tense time that is to be ex­pected.

It does seem like it may have reached its in­tended au­di­ence. For days it seemed like we were all be­ing pre­pared for a full sec­ond lock­down – the cir­cuit break.

I gen­uinely think it was a real op­tion be­ing con­sid­ered by min­is­ters.

The mea­sures that have been an­nounced are far from that. I’m not sure what dif­fer­ence pubs clos­ing at 10pm will have if a group of six can head back to a house for a few more drinks, but clearly the Gov­ern­ment felt it had to an­nounce some­thing.

I would think try­ing to keep peo­ple in rel­a­tively se­cure en­vi­ron­ments would make more sense than cram­ming them into a front room.

Af­ter a few pints will peo­ple strictly ad­here to the rule of six? I’m not so sure to be hon­est. And it’s go­ing to get colder now so gar­dens are not an op­tion. I re­ally thought that the Gov­ern­ment was go­ing to ban so­cial­is­ing in­doors be­tween house­holds, just like in March and April.

The men­tal health con­se­quences of that again would be enor­mous, so I’m pleased that we haven’t seen such strict mea­sures yet.

Look­ing at the fig­ures, I’m not nearly as gloomy as Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Chris Whitty and Chief Sci­en­tific Ad­viser Sir Pa­trick Val­lance.

The 50,000 cases a day warn­ing was clearly de­signed to scare us all and isn’t go­ing to hap­pen.

We just have to keep such a close eye on the hospi­tal fig­ures. They are climb­ing, but nowhere near like they were in March and April.

As al­ways, we all need to be cau­tious and sen­si­ble, but I am pleased we haven’t been plunged into another full lock­down.

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Gloomy... Prof Whitty warned of 50,000 cases per day

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