The public trusts coronavirus information and advice given by Britain’s leading medical experts far more than statements by politicians, according to an opinion poll on how people are reacting to the pandemic. While the government is seen, overall, as having handled the crisis well – with 44% approving and 30% disapproving of its reaction – the survey by Opinium for the Observer shows people have more faith in those with medical and scientific knowledge than they have in the nation’s political leaders. Fewer than two in five (36%) said they trusted what the prime minister, Boris Johnson, said on the subject, while just 37% trusted the information given by the health secretary, Matt Hancock. However, 59% said they placed their faith in the chief medical adviser to the UK government, Chris Whitty, and 55% said they would trust the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The findings suggest that the government has been wise to put Witty and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, at the forefront of its public information campaign as it tries to promote awareness and minimise the effects of Covid-19. Seven in 10 people say they have changed aspects… Read full this story
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