Doctor says people who don’t wear masks ‘have blood on their hands’

Professor Montgomery said hospitals were already stretched and cases were on the rise.  (PENNSYLVANIA)
Professor Montgomery said hospitals were already stretched and cases were on the rise. (PENNSYLVANIA)

An intensive care unit (ICU) specialist said people have “ blood on their hands ” if they don’t wear a mask and willfully flout COVID-19 rules.

Professor Hugh Montgomery said BBC Radio 5 Living hospitals were facing a “tsunami” of cases over the next few weeks and were already exhausted.

He said, “Anyone listening to this who is not wearing their mask, behaving like this, they have blood on their hands, they are spreading this virus, others will pass it on and people will die and they will not. know they killed people, but they did.

Covid-19 patients hospitalized in regions of England (PA
Covid-19 patients hospitalized in regions of England (PA

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Professor Montgomery, who works at Whittington Hospital in north London, said they were reaching levels not seen since the first wave.

He said: “The rooms are flooded, everyone is really working to their maximum, we had to double or sometimes triple the staff of the consultants.”

“Nurses have become very busy again and in some areas it’s still one ICU nurse for four patients, and the numbers continue to rise.

Union leaders warn of burnout, skyrocketing illness rates and “intolerable” pressures due to the current crisis.

Infection rates continue to rise in all parts of the country, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.

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It comes as the number of people testing positive for the virus in England also reached a new high, with a total of 232,169 in the week to December 23 – the highest weekly total since the launch of the NHS Test and Trace in may.

Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle urged people not to mix up this New Years Eve and to follow social distancing and hygiene rules in a bid to stop the spread.

She said: “Christmas week saw a worrying increase in cases in all parts of the country, especially among adults in their 20s and 30s.

“We must not add more fuel to the fire now, because a meeting in large and large groups this New Years Eve is likely to spread more.

Professor Montgomery said people are responsible for the spread of the virus, not the new variant.

He said: “It actually makes me very angry now that people are blaming the virus and it’s not the virus, it’s the people. People don’t wash their hands, they don’t stand two meters away, they don’t wear their masks.

Professor Montgomery said he knows the current restrictions are “horrible” but added that we cannot change course.

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He said, “I’m so sorry it’s New Years Eve. It’s going to be miserable but it must be, please don’t get together en masse, don’t make that last swan song, don’t Don’t give it a ‘well, everything’s gonna be locked so we’ll have one more night’ because we can’t have another broadcast of that.

Professor Montgomery added: “It takes an infected person 10 days to get to an intensive care unit, so the bad behavior that could have happened over Christmas we won’t see until next week, and if people misbehave on New Years, it will not happen to us until January 8 or 10.

Millions more people were placed under level 4 restrictions in England on Wednesday as coronavirus cases rose sharply across the country.

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About 78% of England’s population are now at level 4, alongside equivalents in the other three UK countries.

Scientists believe that even this might not be enough, as the new variant is estimated to increase R to 0.4.

The UK recorded more than 50,000 new cases on Wednesday and Tuesday, more than double from last weeks.

Professor Montgomery begged people to follow the rules because the situation in the hospitals was so dire.

He said, “We are seeing whole families come in now, and I watch one parent and then another parent or a parent and a child die, you know I’m watching whole families being wiped out here, and it has to stop. “

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