Dr Hilary slams coronavirus-hit Tenerife hotel’s quarantine in alarming warning
Dr Hilary Jones has slammed the quarantine measures at a coronavirus-hit Tenerife hotel.
The guests, including 160 Brits, were originally instructed to remain on lockdown at the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace in the south west of the Spanish island until March 10.
Now 130 of the 700 people in the hotel, who arrived after an Italian doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 had been taken to hospital, will be allowed to leave.
Before the news that 130 guests could leave, Dr Hilary spoke to Susan and Steve McHardy, who were stuck inside the quarantined hotel.
The Scottish couple are facing a minimum of 14 days in quarantine and initially didn't leave their rooms – but are now forced to go to the restaurant to get food.
Dr Hilary claimed it was the biggest medical story he'd discussed in 32 years with Lorraine and explained that the hotel's procedure is not self-isolation as he revealed his concerns.
He said: "I feel so sorry for you guys. The keyword you have given me is minimum. At the moment what’s happening in that hotel is not self-isolation because people are sunbathing around the pool and going down to the restaurant. It's a mass quarantine.
"My worry, and your worry, will be this – that on day 14 when you are ready to come home and somebody tests positive, you’re back in quarantine for another 14 days because you will have been exposed.
"That’s the worry if people don’t self-isolate. You haven’t been given logical guidance to follow and nor is anybody else adhering to that, even if it was there.
"You could potentially be in quarantine for another 14 days if on day 14 somebody tests positive."
Susan admitted that the "uncertainty" over when they would go home was the biggest worry.
Dr Hilary explained that if someone tested positive then everyone would have to self-isolate "properly and logically" for 14 days.
He said: "When people don't self-isolate this is the worry. That it perpetuates everything. At home here people are talking abut the inconvenience. Won’t be able to go to a rugby match or see their friends.
"People wont self-isolate. They don't have the discipline or lack of selflessness to self-isolate."
Lorrine claimed it was a "bit of a joke" that the couple were self-isolating while others sunbathed around the pool in face masks.
Giving his advice, Dr Hilary explained: "You’ve been given guidance that doesn’t really help you because you’ve not been self-isolating.
"If all of you test negative when you leave, fine, you’ve got away with it, it’s been a gamble, but if one of you tests positive you’re back in the same boat because you’ve been together."
Dr Hilary said the NHS are "buying time" and want people to self-isolate properly while hand washing for 20 seconds at a time minimum after work, when using public transport and preparing food.
He added: "Self-isolating should be done properly. We're still trying to contain the virus so the broader public aren't exposed but actually if you look at what's happening this is in every continent in the world.
"At the moment I would fear most for undeveloped countries with poor sanitation, poor health systems, malnutrition, the mortality rate could be much higher than in China and Europe.
"It's like a tidal wave spreading out of China. Swamping the whole world taking people with it and making people sick. And some people will lose their lives.
"When it recedes what you have when it leaves is people with immunity who can’t transmit or be susceptible to the virus anymore. That's how the world recovers from a pandemic."
*Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am
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