Richard Madeley has been branded a ‘covidiot’ for believing that lockdown laws are ‘pointless‘.
The presenter joined Susanna Reid and Adil Ray on today’s episode of Good Morning Britain where he stated there is ‘no point in running and hiding’ from Covid-19 and that isolating is a ‘game of hide and seek’.
‘That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?’ Adil began. ‘Completely pointless, do you think?’
Richard replied: ‘In the situation that we’re in now I think it’s proven that they are pointless yes, and I completely defend that metaphor of a game of hide and seek because that’s what it’s turned out to be.’
He continued: ‘Initially when the first lockdown was introduced, people like me, and I’m sure people like you, were fully in support of it because we were told it was going to protect the NHS, and it did.
‘In that sense, the lockdown did work. It protected the NHS and saved lives. But job done now, we’ve got the Nightingale hospital standing by, they’re ready to open up if new cases increase, but there’s no point in running away and hiding from the virus.’
Richard added: ‘The virus doesn’t just go away because we go into a game of hide and seek and dive under covers and hide in the wardrobes for a while, because when we come out, it’s like a taxi on the metres, ticking away outside the house.
‘When we get out, we get infected again and the rates rise. That is exactly what is happening now.’
Viewers were stunned by Richard’s remarks and flooded Twitter with their reactions.
‘Richard Madeley adding himself to the list of “celebrity” covidiots on #GMB,’ wrote one.
Echoing a similar sentiment, another wrote: ‘Oh here we go Richard Madeley the virus expert.’
In the absence of a vaccine, ceasing most human contact is really the only way to stop the spread of the virus, hence why lockdowns are useful.
Essentially, the less contact people have with each other, the less the virus can spread.
Boris Johnson has been very clear that he is keen to avoid a second national lockdown as he believes it would be ‘disastrous’ for the economy.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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