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    • Professor Emer Shelley, of Public Health Medicine Ireland, appeared on GMB
    • She explained Santa is a ‘risk of transmitting virus’ and he was ‘not exactly thin’ 
    • Professor Shelley also said he was at risk of being admitted into intensive care 
    • However she was told off for ‘fat-shaming’ Santa, while others praised the talk

    A public health expert has been blasted for ‘fat shaming’ Santa and claiming he’s a Covid risk by visiting homes, as anxious Britons fear spending Christmas apart from their families.

    Social media users took to the Twitter to slam comments made by Professor Emer Shelly in a tongue-in-cheek section of Good Morning Britain today.

    Professor Shelley, of Public Health Medicine Ireland, appeared on the ITV show, where she explained that Father Christmas had undergone a serious risk assessment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    She described him as being a ‘risk of transmitting the virus’, that he was ‘not exactly thin’ and that he would be ‘at risk of being admitted to intensive care’.

    Studies have shown obese people may suffer more from Covid-19 because their weight damages their immune system.

    But Professor Shelley said Father Christmas would still be able to visit homes because he ‘won’t come across anybody’ and he ‘travels so quickly’.

    However, the mock report was met with a mixed reaction on Twitter, with some slamming Professor Shelley for ‘fat shaming Santa’.

    One, Louise Robson, said: ‘Have I seriously just heard a doctor on GMB fat shaming Santa Clause? Christmas spirit eh?’

    Social media users took to the Twitter to slam comments made by Professor Emer Shelly in a tongue-in-cheek section of Good Morning Britain today

    Another, including an image saying ‘right…’ said: ‘The people on GMB doing a full analysis of whether Santa is at risk from coronavirus due to his age/weight and deciding on whether he is a super spreader…’

    Jonathan Eley said: ‘Can’t quite believe I’m watching Ireland’s top public health official discussing Santa Claus’s vulnerability to Covid on GMB “he is quite obsese and so high risk”.’

    Another added: ‘I’ve accidentally switched on GMB to hear a group of adults discussing whether Santa could visit this year and if he does, would he be a super spreader?! I’m going to bed.’

    Julie Kinsey took a similar line, saying: ‘I can’t believe this panel of experts were also discussing whether Santa should do worldwide travel at Christmas when he is clinically obese and at greater risk of contracting Covid. Back to bed for me!’ 

    Others took an even stronger line, with one branding the talk ‘disgusting’.

    Sarah Campbell said: ‘What a disgusting thing to put on TV this morning to try and scare our children. What was the need for that!

    ‘How dare you try scare children to death by telling them that if Santa got Covid he would be very ill. Like you children don’t already have enough to worry about! Appaling.’

    But the tongue-in-cheek conversation was not met entirely with criticism, with some viewers loving the discussion.

    Danielle Mill said: ‘Love that Santa has been discussed in the Covid-19 Christmas update. My six-year-old is in the room and his ears perked up!

    ‘Bringing the Christmas magic in a time of uncertainty makes my heart smile. Thank you!’ 

    Another said: ‘Loved the chat about Santa! My 8-year-old is so happy, you’ve made our day.’

    Kerrie Rourke said: ‘Emer Shelley thank you for the magic moment on GMB this morning… So relieved and happy that Santa is OK to arrive.

    Another added: ‘So pleased Santa and his ‘entourage’ have been properly risk assessed.’  

    The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins.

    The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins

    The debate on Twitter came after the conversation involving the professor and GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins

    During the broadcast, Professor Shelley said: ‘We have considered whether or not Santa clause can travel this Christmas.

    ‘It’s a serious issue we’ve just been talking about travel between countries but of course Santa travels all around the world, is he at risk of transmitting the virus right around the world and is there risk for Santa clause himself

    ‘He’s not exactly thin in fact if he were having a medical exam he would be clinically obese, that puts him at higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure so if he were to catch Covid he would be at risk of catching a very serious version of it and being admitted to intensive care so that was a real worry.

    However, she added: ‘ Discussing it with colleges we realised everyone is asleep when Santa calls so he won’t come across anybody and secondly he travels so quickly if even a part of his entourage were to have the virus they travel so quickly there is no risk of transmitting the virus to anybody around the world.’ 

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