This Morning viewers have been left completely freaked out as a doctor explained how wearing a mask won’t prevent you from catching coronavirus.
When reports came in that a hotel in Tenerife has gone into lockdown after a guest tested positive for the disease, Holly and Phil put a number of experts on the spot over whether or not we should be worried.
And while both Dr. Simon Clarke and Simon Calder reassured viewers that there’s nothing to be concerned over for now, they did admit that wearing a mask is basically pointless.
‘Would you wear a mask through the airport?’ Holly Willoughby asked, hoping to comfort people in the idea they can do something to prevent catching the illness.
However, Dr. Clarke quipped: ‘No, masks are pretty useless.’
The conversation continued, however, moments later the news sunk in with Phillip Schofield adding: ‘Can I just pick you up on that point there?
‘There are people all over the world, we see them on the news every day with masks on their face. You can’t buy them, they’re all sold out – and they’re useless?’
‘They’re pretty useless,’ the virologist expert noted: ‘The pours and the fibers in them are too big for the virus. The virus is smaller than the wavelength of light, they will just pass straight through them, they will infect you by your eyes potentially.’
Turning to Holly, who was awkwardly sniggering, he added: ‘Unless you have a military-grade respirator, forget it.’
Viewers at home were quick to take to Twitter, where they joked people will be walking around like Darth Vader after learning the masks don’t work.
‘Martin lewis next week: “Have you been mis-sold face masks?”‘ one joked while another added: ‘Military-grade respirator, you heard it here first #ThisMorning.’
Someone else said: ‘It’s a persons’ choice if they feel safer wearing a mask, but absolutely agree with the guy on @thismorning who said they were useless.
‘Wash your hands people and sneeze/cough into something, then bin it.’
On Tuesday, Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres addressed the Tenerife case, saying: ‘This afternoon the coronavirus protocol has been activated for an Italian tourist in the south of Tenerife.
‘The result from the first test carried out in the Canaries is positive. Tomorrow new tests will take place in Madrid. The patient has been quarantined.’
A spokesman for the regional health authority added: ‘The protocol states that a second test must take place at the National Microbiology Centre at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.
‘The patient has been quarantined and is under the care of health workers.’
This Morning continues weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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