Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jenny Harries, reveals she has recovered from Covid-19
Dr Jenny Harries revealed live on GMB with Lorraine Kelly that she 'wasn't well at all' after suffering from Covid-19 for 'about 10 days'. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer described it as 'a very unpleasant experience', despite not suffering from some of the clear respiratory symptoms.
Dr Harries thanked her children who looked after her while she was unwell, including her daughter, who is a junior doctor, and offered her daily consultations via Skype.
When questioned about further guidance and clarity on whether face masks should be made mandatory in public, Dr Harries said that the fact that there is still debate on the subject shows that the evidence isn't clear.
“The number one thing is we must leave our medical masks to people in the frontline because there’s clear evidence that that is beneficial. For the average member of the public… it’s not quite as simple as just wearing a mask or not,” she said.
On the shortage of PPE for frontline staff, Dr Harries shared that one of her own frustrations is the volume of information out there and how it can be used to gain a more detailed understanding of how staff can be supported: “This is entirely new for all of us, so there is learning and there is review which needs to happen all the time and that applies to all the evidence we collect and all of our issues to do with managing PPE and PPE needs of our frontline staff, and indeed the testing."