MODEL Caprice Bourret has been slammed by fans for arguing with a qualified doctor about how to contain coronavirus.
The 48-year-old spouted off a series of facts she had read online during the bizarre debate on The Jeremy Vine Show today – insisting she knew better than the medical experts.
The Dancing on Ice star appeared alongside Dr Sarah Jarvis, a GP and clinical director of the health information service Patient.
She claimed she knew just as much as the health experts because she had read reports on how other countries had dealt with the outbreak.
Not impressed Dr Jarvis told her: “No disrespect, unless you have read every scientific paper and statistical modelling paper that’s come out, you cannot argue with me on that. You can have an opinion but it’s not a fact.”
Caprice insisted: “But I can, I have an opinion.
“This is what I’ve read – let me tell you the facts. In Taiwan and Singapore, what they did they early on – in week one, in February, everyone was wearing surgical masks…”
The doctor interrupted her saying: “Which make no difference at all.”
Caprice scolded: “Sorry, I let you so let me finish…”
Trying to diffuse the situation Jeremy told Caprice: “Alright, but Sarah is the expert, but go on.”
Those watching at home were gobsmacked by Caprice’s attitude and took to Twitter to discuss it.
One person wrote: “Caprice actually arguing with an expert about coronavirus, yes that’s Caprice of lad mag fame.”
A second added: “The model Caprice arguing with the Doctor @DrSarahJarvis is a thing of beauty. I mean, car crash.
“She believes everything she reads in the papers…astounding. The “fact” that she saw in one paper apparently trumps all the medical papers the Doc has read. Wow.”
While a third exclaimed: “Imagine spending all that time, effort and money to become a highly respected doctor and then have to argue with Caprice about a pandemic.”
Coronavirus deaths today hit 36 in Britain as cases surge to 1,543 – a jump of 171 more from yesterday.
The first patient in Wales died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital as 30 more coronavirus cases were recorded.
It comes as the UK’s youngest victim, 59-year-old Nick Matthews, died from COVID-19 early on Saturday after he developed symptoms holidaying in Spain.
The government is preparing to ramp up its efforts in tackling the virus.
In a shock move, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said yesterday people aged 70 will have to self-isolate for up to four months.
Families will be told to self-isolate if one person comes down with virus symptoms.
Pubs and restaurants could also close across the UK as part of a drastic plan to stop the spread of the killer bug.