GMB’s Dr Hilary Jones blasts viewer who says Covid-19 is ‘just the flu’

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Dr Hilary Jones has been a voice of reason throughout the coronavirus pandemic, educating the nation on the best practices to avoid contracting Covid.

However, the ITV doc lost his temper on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, as he scolded a viewer over their views on the deadly virus.

Piers Morgan read out a message from a viewer, who suggested coronavirus was like the “flu” – prompting a firm shut down from Dr Hilary.

Reading out the letter, which was from a viewer named Peter, Piers quoted: “‘Give it up Piers. Covid’s just as bad as the flu. Stop whining in a high pitched voice like a seven year old girl.

“Hundreds of people die from the flu, these aren’t reported. Just ask Dr Hilary.”

Dr Hilary was quick to put a GMB viewer in their place on Thursday’s show

Piers responded: “You know something? My understanding, Dr Hilary, is that more people died this week from Covid-19 in reported numbers than have died in the entire year from flu.”

Dr Hilary rushed to agree with him, firmly putting the viewer in their place as he explained that flu figures were down dramatically this year.

He fumed: “Is this man for real?

“Is this man really serious thinking that flu is killing 500 people a day? There’s hardly any flu this season and it wouldn’t kill anything like that in a bad flu season.

Dr Hilary was quick to agree with Piers as they responded to the viewer’s message

“This Covid-19 virus is about 25 times more lethal than flu for anybody.”

The medical expert continued: “Perhaps he’d like to volunteer for the NHS volunteer scheme which helps a lot of vulnerable people.”

After months spent educating the nation on the virus, Dr Hilary was honoured earlier this year, receiving an MBE as a tribute to his hard work.

Delighted with the accolade, Dr Hilary released an emotional statement, saying: “I feel humbled and delighted in equal measure to be afforded this honour.

“I can only hope that my work in public health broadcasting and in medical practice over the last 40 years is truly worthy of it, in the full awareness that others from many different walks of life are even more deserving than myself.

“I shall continue this work for which I have an enduring passion and will continue to support the various amazing charities in which I am involved.”

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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