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Medical leaders urge caution as risk remains as restrictions lift.

12 July 2021

Medical leaders are asking people to continue to show caution and take a responsible approach as restrictions lift. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC) and its member organisations – as the professional voice of doctors – are repeating the advice that it is sensible for the protection of other people to continue to wear face masks in crowded indoor spaces.

The AOMRC has published a statement saying ‘There is little doubt that things will get worse before they get better. Continuing to be cautious is the right thing to do for both individuals and organisations. We are already in the turmoil of a third wave of the virus and cases are rising dramatically. Thankfully, due to the success of the vaccination campaign, that is not translating into the previous levels of hospital admissions and deaths, although numbers of both are rising steadily.’

Bernie Chang, President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) said today:

“As restrictions lift, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) advises a need for vigilance and continued strict adherence to personal protective equipment and infection prevention control measures, especially in the hospital setting. Ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals work in close proximity to patients, and therefore a complete relaxation of restrictions might put patients and eye care professionals at unnecessary risk of infection despite the protection offered by the successful vaccination programme. The RCOphth fully supports the recently published statement by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges.”

You can read the full AOMRC statement here: