Comment from Dr Tom Black, BMA NI Council Chair re Covid restrictions

by BMA Northern Ireland media team

Press release from BMA Northern Ireland

Last reviewed: 22 September 2020

There is no doubt that we are seeing a very worrying increase in numbers affected by Covid-19 and immediate measures are needed to try and reverse this trend before it is too late and, assuming people follow the guidance, hopefully we can reverse those numbers.

This pandemic is not a sprint, it’s definitely a marathon and there is no doubt that we are flagging.

But it is critical that we follow the measures to make sure transmission is lowered. As transmission is occurring in the home it is essential that everyone plays their part by staying at home and not mixing with anyone from outside your household. I know this is very hard for many people but it is essential to stem the rise in cases. We also want to see people working from home if they can, washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, using a face-covering and downloading the app to help with tracing cases. 

Speaking to doctors over the past few weeks I am in no doubt that they are all very, very apprehensive about the impact of a second wave. Many are still fatigued from the first wave, so it is key that we reduce the infection levels and continue to protect our health service.  

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