The TV host, 49, took to Twitter on Sunday to insist it is ‘very, very, very rare’ for Covid to impact kids and hit out at the BBC for sharing an interview which revealed ‘a whole ward’ of young people had been admitted to hospital in the second wave.
Later in the day, Good Morning Britain‘s Piers, 55, criticised the Location, Location, Location star’s remarks as he admitted she’s one of the people he ‘least wants to hear from when it comes to expert advice on coronavirus’.
Criticism: Piers Morgan (pictured in September 2020) has slammed Kirstie Allsopp’s ‘cretinous coronavirus analogies’ in a tweet shared on Sunday
The outspoken news anchor wrote: ‘Of all the people I least want to hear from when it comes to expert advice on coronavirus, TV estate agent Kirstie Allsopp and her cretinous trampoline analogies are top of the list.’
In the BBC’s sound bite, Laura Duffel, a matron in a London Hospital, said: ‘[Covid] was minimally affecting children in the first wave… we now have a whole ward of children here’.
Media personality Kirstie condemned the broadcaster’s message as she penned: ‘This tweet is a lie and the fact that @bbc5live have still not removed it is a terrible stain on the reputation of the BBC.
‘Covid is a horrible disease but it is very, very, very rare for it to impact children. They are still at far more danger from journeys in cars, or swimming, or trampolining than Covid. Please do not let anyone persuade you otherwise.’
‘The new variant is in no way more dangerous for children’: The TV host (pictured in July 2019), 49, had insisted it is ‘very, very, very rare’ for Covid to impact kids
Not impressed: Good Morning Britain’s Piers, 55, admitted she’s one of the people he ‘least wants to hear from when it comes to expert advice on coronavirus’
The TV star went on to accuse the BBC of ‘frightening parents, grandparents and children’ with the report.
She added: ‘God there are some selfish f*****s out there! What is wrong with you all?! I’m not talking about the schools, I’m talking about reassuring children and their parents. This new variant is in no way more dangerous for children and those saying otherwise are wicked.
‘All those banging on about “oh but kids pass it on” are completely missing the point. It’s bad enough that the elderly and vulnerable are at risk, imagine the hell if this impacted children? We should be immensely grateful it does not.
‘I’m off to bed, I can’t fight the BBC & there are way too many people who need their jobs/or one day might want to work at the BBC for this story to be changed. Meanwhile 2.2 Million people read that tweet, so more parents & more kids will be afraid. Way to go @bbc5live
‘This tweet is a lie’: The Location, Location, Location star also hit out at the BBC for sharing an interview which revealed ‘a whole ward’ of young people had been admitted to hospital
Claims: The media personality (pictured with Piers and Susanna Reid in September 2017) went on to accuse the broadcaster of ‘frightening parents, grandparents and children’
‘Call me when the BBC Twitter accounts have stopped using this platform to frighten parents, grandparents and children. Until then this is no place for me. Covid is a horrible disease, to control it we have to accept all sorts of limitations, but scaring kids is unacceptable.’ (sic)
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Kirstie and the BBC for further comment.
Earlier in the week, Prof Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), confirmed children’s wards ‘not seeing significant pressure from Covid-19 across the UK.’
However, a new report from Imperial College London warned that the mutated super-infectious coronavirus strain was spreading quickly among children during the November lockdown and only closing schools can keep it contained
‘Scaring kids is unacceptable’: The Hampshire native expressed her opinions in a series of fierce tweets
The study revealed the new mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 – known as B117 or ‘Variant of Concern’ (VOC) – is indeed more infectious than previous variants, just as scientists feared, and that the November lockdown did little to suppress it.
It was most prevalent among the 10-19 age group, the data shows, with more coronavirus cases in the age group being found to be the new strain than of the original.
Late last year, the Relocation, Relocation star launched a scathing rant at ‘drug-using celebrities’ for ‘banging on about Covidiots’, claiming they’re just as reckless for taking cocaine.
Pictured: A graph in the Imperial College London report showing the prevalence of the new strain of coronavirus (shown in orange) in different age groups
Kirstie was herself accused of potentially spreading COVID-19 by journeying to one of her homes in Devon to isolate when partner Ben Andersen already had symptoms earlier this year.
Tweeting to her 421,000 followers, she explained: ‘I see so many people on this forum who I know have taken illegal drugs, the transport and trade of which costs tens of thousands of lives, banging on about “Covidiots”.
‘Where was your oh so strong moral compass when that blood soaked coke was going into your turned up nose?’
The Hampshire native denied breaking lockdown rules earlier in the year after travelling to another home.
But in November, she defended her actions, telling the Radio Times how she and her partner travelled to the property as a precautionary measure so he wouldn’t infect others.
Kirstie shared: ‘When Ben was diagnosed with COVID, we weren’t at home, either in London or Devon. We were somewhere else.
‘Because Ben was infectious, we went to Devon, where there’s 40 acres and we wouldn’t infect anyone else.’
‘There are loads of people who are always going to believe I did the wrong thing,’ she said of the trip, taken during the first lockdown. I did not go to Devon (from London) after lockdown. We went to isolate.’
‘Two wrongs won’t ever make a right’: Late last year, the Relocation, Relocation star launched a scathing rant at ‘drug-using celebrities’ for ‘banging on about Covidiots’
A fine line? Kirstie was recently accused of potentially spreading COVID-19 by journeying to Devon to isolate when partner Ben Andersen had symptoms (pictured in November 2012)