Love Island’s Dr Alex George says it’s ‘heartbreaking’ to see people flout social distancing rules

Katie Rosseinsky
ITV

Former Love Island contestant Dr Alex George has said he feels heartbroken when he sees groups flouting social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus crisis.

George, 29, is working in the A&E department of a London hospital and told Good Morning Britain that each shift feels like a “battle.”

“You’re preparing for battle emotionally and physically,” he told presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Monday.

“You’re going into an A&E and seeing difficult situations. You’re seeing people dying of coronavirus and that’s very difficult.”

Admitting that he and other healthcare workers felt concerned about being exposed to the virus, he added: “I think anyone who’s not concerned about catching coronavirus is not being completely open. Of course we’re concerned.”

Nodding to the NHS workers who have sadly died of Covid-19 to date, he said: “Some of my colleagues have passed away. Just because you’re young, it isn’t guaranteed that you’re going to have the mild illness.

“We’re going to lose more colleagues which is frightening. We know we’ve got a job to do and we’re doing our best.”

Revealing that he noticed groups of people ignoring social distancing rules, which state that people should stay at home and only leave for daily exercise or essential food shopping, while on his way to work, he suggested that if they were fully aware of the risks of their actions, they would chance their behaviour.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking seeing people not following the guidance,” he said. “I drove past Clapham Common the other day to work and I saw people lying out and sunbathing.

“If they knew the risks, they wouldn’t do it.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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