Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist who spent 16 years at Harvard University, knows a thing or two about stuff. As well as providing an excellent commentary on Covid on twitter, he comes up with simple but mind-blowing comments, like this one:

 ‘If you don’t trust doctors enough to take their advice and get the vaccine, then why do you trust doctors once you catch Covid-19?’

It reminded me of that pop singer Richard Fairbrass who has consistently refused the Covid vaccine, campaigns hard to stop everyone else taking the jab, yet when he caught the bloody thing, he was admitted to hospital because he was so unwell.  He is perfect example of the stupidity of those who refuse vaccines. ‘I don’t trust you with this vaccine, doctor, but I do trust you to make me better.’ Christ on a bicycle.

Feigl-Ding is not one of the experts who thinks the Omricon variant is ‘mild’ compared with earlier versions. In fact, he suggests it could be worse with indications that six times as many children are getting hospitalised in South Africa with the new variant than the old one. Still early days, I know, but this doesn’t look great, does it?

One absolute gem I heard from a carer who was a vaccine sceptic was that she wasn’t going to take the vaccine because ‘I don’t know what’s in it’. Well, no, but then I doubt you are an expert on what goes into the paracetamol when you have a minor ache or pain or even that can of Diet Coke I saw you drinking when you came to visit the bloke I was with at the time. No, love: you’re an idiot, just like Richard ‘Right Said Fred’ Fairbrass, although he is not only an idiot but a waste of skin.

The apparently contradiction I am trying to get my head round this morning is that Britain has introduced travel restrictions far too late, as usual, but – and here’s the rub – these restrictions don’t work anyway, or if they do, it’s not by much. With messaging like that, is it any wonder that many people get their virology advice from a bloke who once ‘sang’ – I use the word advisedly – Deeply Dippy?

I actually do trust doctors, on the rare occasion I can actually see one, or for that matter interact with one via ‘Ask My GP’. A fifth rate former pop star, not so much.