Broadcast last year on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine on 5 show, the clip shows she and Dr Sarah Jarvis discussing what other countries are doing in light of the pandemic, declared three days prior by the World Health Organisation.
Dr Jarvis claimed that a lockdown would be “complete and utter nonsense” when it comes to containing the coronavirus.
“Unless you have read every scientific paper and statistical modelling paper that's come out, you cannot argue with me on that. You can have an opinion, but its not a fact,” she added.
Bourett says that she read in a newspaper “that in Taiwan and Singapore, what they did, early on, they in week one, in February, everyone was wearing surgical masks.”
Dr Jarvis then interrupts, “That makes no difference at all”, which has since then been proven to be the case. The government requires people to wear masks in all indoor public setting unless they are exempt.
Bourett then tries to continue, and does so, but only after Jeremy Vine says: “Sarah is the expert, but go on.”
While someone laughs in the background, Bourett quips back its from a newspaper that quoted a spokesperson from the WHO.
“I think that is an authority,” she says to Vine, who appears still hesitant to give her credit.
She then goes on to list measures that the UK government has since adopted, like quarantining after international travel and using hand sanitiser to contain the spread.
But Jarvis sticks to her original point and rules out the suggested measures.
On 23rd March, the UK went into a full lockdown and has had social-distancing restrictions since then. The UK’s death toll is one of the worst in the world, which experts say was exacerbated by the government’s slow response.