Emily Andrea has called the harassment Professor Chris Whitty faced in the street “so scary”.
Writing in her exclusive weekly OK! magazine column, Emily admits the incident left her “so angry”, and she wants to see those who harassed England’s chief medical officer “prosecuted”. She also opens up about disruption self-isolation is causing school children, and praises Michelle Heaton for being 60 days sober following her recent stay in rehab. . Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.
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Seeing Professor Chris Whitty being harassed in the street just for doing his job made me so angry. It’s not the first time this has happened to him but this incident was definitely worse.
I really hope the people in the video are prosecuted, because that is the only right thing to do.
It was disgusting. He is just doing his job and working hard, for the good of everyone. I really admire him for the incredible work he has done over the past year as chief medical officer.
It must have been so scary for Prof Whitty, so I hope the Government now takes steps to ensure he has some proper protection.
I also felt for Safiyya Vorajee, whose daughter Azaylia tragically died aged eight months after a battle with leukaemia.
She said she felt “really disheartened” after seeing that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock had broken social-distancing rules while she and her partner Ashley had kept to restrictions and not seen their family – even though their little girl was so unwell.
I can completely appreciate why people are so upset. It’s been a hard 18 months for everyone, which I think explains why lots of people felt frustrated by what happened.
Matt Hancock admitted that “those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them”, so at least he has apologised and we can move on.
Self-isolation is disruptive for kids
Amanda Holden has urged the Government to end self-isolation for children who come into close contact with positive Covid-19 cases, calling the current rules “damaging” and “unfair” on their education.
It’s a tricky one because the rules are there to keep us safe and the Government is often in a lose-lose situation when it comes to enforcing rules, as either way will upset some people.
But as more and more people get fully vaccinated, I am looking forward to life getting back to some form of normality.
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It is disruptive when kids have to be off school, not only for the children but their families.
For me it’s quite difficult with work, as although it is possible to work from home, it’s definitely not ideal.
Seeing patients face-to-face is an important part of my job, so I do worry that I am going to be told to self-isolate and cause disruption for my patients and colleagues.
It’s been reported that those who are double-jabbed won’t have to self-isolate after July 19, so hopefully that will be the case.
Well done, Michelle
Michelle Heaton has marked being sober for 60 days after admitting she couldn’t go six hours without drinking before she entered rehab.
It’s amazing how far she has come and she should be really proud of herself.
The thing with any addiction is it’s a lifelong commitment to avoid it – especially alcohol, as it’s everywhere and a big part of our culture.
But Michelle, pictured right with her family, is on the right track.
For me, stopping drinking has changed my life in a positive way and I feel empowered when people ask if I want a drink and I say, “I don’t drink.” So I hope Michelle starts to see those benefits as well.
You can make it a really positive thing about you and not feel embarrassed or that you don’t fit in socially. I’ve always said if people try to force me to drink, that’s a reflection on them and not me. Luckily, it rarely happens.
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