Dr Robin Roop is an emergency department consultant at Wrexham Maelor, North Wales. He has witnessed first-hand the harsh realities of coronavirus. He wants to dispel Covid myths which can be damaging to health and could make it more likely to catch and spread the virus. Dr Roop reiterates that the most effective way to prevent the virus is social distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands.
Videos circulating social media have claimed to show empty hospitals across the UK. Some allege that this is evidence the pandemic has been exaggerated.
Health officials say this is simply not true. The footage has been filmed by individuals walking through quiet hospital corridors, then uploaded to social media and shared by Covid sceptics and anti-lockdown activists.
Dr Roop told the Daily Post: “What these people need to do is come and spend a day in our shoes. Yes, sometimes wards might look different, but that is because of certain social distancing measures that have had to be introduced on particular wards.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Dr Robin Roop is debunking Covid myths. (Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Daily Post)
Social distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands is the best protection against the virus. (Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Daily Post)
“And there may also look like there is less staff, but it’s because staff have either had to isolate, or become ill themselves.”
Due to the way hospitals have been reorganised, and the cancellation of non-urgent care, some parts of hospitals will currently look empty. Dr Roop says these changes do not mean hospitals are not still under tremendous pressure.
20 million people in the UK have now received their first Covid vaccine.
Dr Roop debunks Covid myths. (Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Daily Post)
However, the Government is still facing the challenge of tackling vaccine hesitancy. One of the main misconceptions is that the vaccine was approved too quickly and may not be entirely safe.
Dr Roop said that although the vaccine has been made in “record time”, it has been “phenomenally done”. He urges everyone who is offered the vaccine to accept the invitation.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He said: “The vaccine has been brought out in record time and we have to be really grateful to all the people working in the background who helped get this done.
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“Yes, it is something that will evolve over the next couple of years and we may have some changes to the vaccine, but it is something that has been phenomenally done.
“It’s going to give protection and give us our life back.”
The NHS says: “The Oxford vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the Independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Dr Roop says hospitals are still under pressure. (Image: Getty)