Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan warned of a “potentially problematic” Christmas.
Here’s what he dosed and how he worked to fight Covid-19?
Who is Jonathan Van Tam?
Jonathan Stafford Nguyen Van-Tam MBE is a UK specialist in influenza, including its epidemiology, transmission, vaccinology, antiviral drugs and pandemic preparedness.
Van-Tam received an MBE (Military Section) in New Year’s Honors 1998 while acting Major Jonathan Stafford Nguyen-Van-Tam, Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force.
It was awarded in recognition of his work in designing a first aid kit to meet the special needs of large groups of teenagers on camping expeditions.
On October 2, 2017, he took up the post of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.
What did he say about the coronavirus pandemic?
He warned of a “potentially problematic” Christmas due to Covid-19 and said he believed there would be “difficult months ahead”.
He said the UK was at “half time in extra time” in the fight against the coronavirus.
“I think the final whistle in terms of – I can’t predict it – but my personal opinion is that we still have a few months to go, and I think we’ll be in much calmer waters by the next. spring, ”he told BBC Breakfast.
Professor Van-Tam said too many people think the pandemic is now over.
“Personally, I think there are tough months ahead in winter and it’s not over,” he said.
When asked how a Christmas lockdown can be avoided, he said: “Christmas, and indeed all the darker winter months, are potentially going to be problematic.”
He said the things that “are really going to determine this” are the success of immunization programs and how cautious people are, especially over the next two months.
“I think a whole range of behaviors, including the use of face coverings, but generally the caution that people take or don’t take in terms of interacting with each other – this is going to be a big determinant of what’s going on between now and the kind of darker winter months, ”he said.
He added that it was crucial that people accept the flu shot and booster offers.
Professor Van-Tam said infection rates are still very high at the moment – higher than in most countries in Europe.
“It is a concern for scientists that we are this hot so early in the fall season,” he added.
While he acknowledged that hospital admissions have stabilized over the past four days, he said he was concerned the number of deaths was on the rise and there were signs that infections were starting to grow. “penetrate” the older age groups.
What is its role during the UK coronavirus crisis?
Van-Tam has a leading role as England’s deputy chief medical officer during the coronavirus pandemic.
His work is that of government medical adviser and deputy to Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England and chief medical adviser to the British government.
He is one of three Deputy Chief Medical Officers who ‘support the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in his role as an independent adviser to government on medical matters and as a professional leader for all public health directors within the local administration ”, states the Gov.uk website.