UK coronavirus second wave will be 'massive' if Britons do not take vital action

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UCL Intensive Care Medicine Professor Hugh Montgomery insisted Britons were in control over how significant the coronavirus second wave could be. Professor Montgomery, who currently represents the Intensive Care Society Charity, insisted Britons had an obligation to be responsible during the crisis. He added if Britons behave sensibly, the second wave would not be as impactful and lockdown measures could continue to be relaxed.

However, he also said Britons also had the power to cause a second wave tsunami if the Government’s coronavirus advice was ignored.

Professor Montgomery told Express.co.uk: “When lockdown lifts, it would allow people to see each other more and the virus will spread.

“It spread largely from touching surfaces.

“So you would touch something that the virus has settled on and you put your fingers in your mouth, you rub your eyes or you eat something that has the virus on it and you get it that way.

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UK coronavirus second wave will be 'massive' if Britons do not take vital action

UK Coronavirus second wave will be ‘massive’ unless Britons do this CRUCIAL thing (Image: No10/Getty)

UK coronavirus second wave will be 'massive' if Britons do not take vital action

Professor Montgomery, who currently represents the Intensive Care Society Charity, insisted Britons had an obligation to be responsible during the crisis. (Image: BBC)

“Or someone coughs on you because they are close enough to you.

“That is going to happen as we lift lockdown so the disease will start spreading again.”

The intensive care medical professional continued to explain Britons were in control of how rapidly the virus starts spreading again.

He also noted the Government’s speed at which lockdown measures are relaxed also played a key role.

UK coronavirus second wave will be 'massive' if Britons do not take vital action

Professor Montgomery added if Britons behave sensibly, the second wave would not be as impactful and lockdown measures could continue to be relaxed. (Image: Getty)

He said: “This all depends on how rapidly the lockdown measures are lifted and what people are asked to do.

“If lockdown is lifted and people wash their hands regularly and vigorously, keep their distances in supermarkets and don’t pick up packaging and put it down again and so forth then actually the second wave may not be very big.

“But if there is another second wave, the impacts will be large.

“The hospitals will be hit again and the health service is trying to reboot.

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UK coronavirus second wave will be 'massive' if Britons do not take vital action

UK coronavirus cases – May 18 2020 (Image: Daily Express)

“They are trying to deal with cancer screenings and urgent surgery, they have a backlog already.

“They really won’t cope well with a second backlog, that would not be good for public health.”

Boris Johnson and his Government have faced criticism for unclear messages regarding the new lockdown measures since the Prime Minister’s Sunday address to the country in early May.

Mr Johnson has since claimed the most important thing now is to stay alert, control the virus and save lives as it could prove disastrous to have our NHS overwhelmed with coronavirus cases.

The charity Professor Montgomery represents, the Intensive Care Society, is currently working to provide essential wellbeing and support to the intensive care community through the coronavirus pandemic and any donations are appreciated during this difficult time period.


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