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Coronavirus Explained: as England’s COVID-19 lockdown eased, is it safe to return to work?

Published on 18 May 2020 / In Travel & Events

Brits in England are now officially being encouraged, if they cannot work from home, to return to their jobs.

The government hopes to kickstart the economy after seven weeks of lockdown while keeping the coronavirus at bay through social distancing in workplaces and public transport.

Today workers were given the green light to head out of lockdown if they couldn't do their job from home - with thousands cramming onto public transport during rush hour.

While Brits were urged not to use buses and trains unless they absolutely have to, worrying pictures show people packed onto busy Tubes.

Earlier this week TfL said even when 100 per cent of services are back and running, only 15 per cent of the usual passenger capacity would be able to travel and keep two metres between them.

But despite the Government giving the go-ahead, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned it was a "life or death" gamble.

He told the BBC this morning: "This is a life and death situation and I do encourage people to look at the guidance for travelling on public transport.

So, as Brits clock back in across England, is it safe for them to do so?

Here to answer that and more Sun-reader questions is TV’s most-trusted medic Dr Hilary Jones.

In today’s episode of Ask Dr Hilary: Coronavirus Explained…

I was in close contact with a family member who died a week ago from the virus. He died while I was there... I have self-isolated for a week and still have no symptoms. Do I need to carry on for another 14 days? I don't know what to do.

Has any work been done to see if the air conditioning in a plane kills the virus. If not, isn’t social distancing irrelevant since all passengers would be breathing the same recycled air?
What is the best way to get your immune system stronger?

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