Howard Catton, who is chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, told the Nursing Times : “By inciting disobedience to social distancing, lockdowns and other sensible public health measures brought in to protect us all, especially the most vulnerable in society, the deniers are creating a recipe for the further spread of the virus leading to more deaths.”
With the UK having tragically surpassed a death toll of more than 100,000 people, conspiracy theorists are still convinced the pandemic is a hoax.
The man asked staff whether Covid-19 was even “proven to exist”, repeated other baseless conspiracy theories, and even accused hospital staff of “lying” about his condition and leaving his family without information.
One thing is for sure though - Covid-deniers aren’t going anywhere.
This month Heathrow Airport said people travelling to England from 33 high-risk countries may face suspended flights and long queues at the border, as new extra checks and quarantine for new arrivals were put in place.
In a statement, Heathrow airport said “queues at the border in recent days of almost five hours are totally unacceptable”.
It added: “Ministers need to ensure there is adequate resource and effective processes at the border to avoid compromising the safety of passengers and those working at the airport, which could necessitate the suspension of some arriving flights.”
We know that international travel leads to new variants being spread, such as the South Africa variant, so the government’s new border controls could see continued quarantine chaos, and the days of ease-free travel a distant memory.
'This is completely insane.'
These pictures from @richardgaisford show a packed Heathrow Airport as he returned fr… https://t.co/kqN7zsQ7VE
— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain)
We’ve all come along way - it’s now a given that even with the vaccine rollout, we still need to practice social distancing and masking to avoid spreading the virus for the foreseeable future.
In fact, face masks were the must-have accessory of 2020, as they can literally save your and other people’s lives.
From boutique to bespoke, home-made to surgical-grade, face masks are everywhere and wearing one every time you leave the house has become second nature most of the time.
Park life policing
Admittedly it’s more simplistic than surreal, but who could have foreseen that the local park would become the focal point of our much-reduced social interaction?!
It’s the only place to go, for your daily walk, for a socially-distanced walking date, or if you’re really lucky, to sit two metres apart on a bench.
Just make sure that it is genuinely your local park - during the first lockdown, fed-up police took matters into their own hands and posted drone footage on social media to shame hikers and dog walkers making “non-essential” trips to the Peak District.
for me this is still the weirdest moment of covid-2020 but happy to consider other contenders https://t.co/eqRXzgrOnR
Regarding the most surreal pandemic moment, someone responded to Pickard’s tweet, saying: “A lot of contenders. The scotch egg debate. The driving to make sure your eyesight was good thing. The Boris Johnson press-ups photo. None of it tops Four Seasons Total Landscaping.”