Caprice arguing for face masks on the Jeremy Vine Show resurfaces

Caprice arguing for face masks on the Jeremy Vine Show resurfaces

03/16/2021

We should have listened to Caprice! Video of model being dismissed for championing the use of face masks and travel restrictions in Jeremy Vine Show debate resurfaces a year on

  • Caprice Bourret appeared on the show on 16 March 2020 to debate Covid-19
  • Suggested UK go into total shutdown for two weeks because it worked in Asia 
  • Dr Sarah Jarvis argued with model that strategy had ‘categorically not worked’ 
  • GP later said wearing surgical masks make ‘no difference at all’ to virus spread
  • Clip has resurfaced today – one year on – with viewers praising Caprice 

Twitter users have hailed model Caprice Bourret ‘the most sensible Government adviser in the country’ a year after she was dismissed for championing face masks and travel restrictions as methods for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.  

On March 16 2020 – a week before the UK went into lockdown – the model appeared on the Jeremy Vine Show where she clashed with GP Dr Sarah Jarvis on how best to curtail the pandemic’s growth. 

Former Dancing on Ice contestant Caprice drew the ire of the medical expert when she suggested the UK go into a total shutdown for two weeks to contain the virus – a model which she insisted had worked in Asia – and drew attention to the efficacy of face masks. 

Dr Jarvis and presenter Vine both dismissed Caprice’s contribution, while viewers questioned what ‘right’ she had to challenge the ‘expert’ on a medical topic.   

Today, on the anniversary of the show airing, social media users are re-posting the clip and praising Caprice for being so ‘well informed’ and ‘on the money’. Others have called fora formal apology from Jeremy Vine and Dr Jarvis.   


Caprice Bourret (right) got into a row with medical expert Dr. Sarah Jarvis (left) during an appearance on the Jeremy Vine Show in March 2020 as they discussed coronavirus

Today, on the anniversary of the show airing, social media users are re-posting the clip and praising Caprice for being so ‘well informed’ and ‘on the money’. Others have called fora formal apology from Jeremy Vine and Dr Jarvis

Former Dancing on Ice contestant Caprice drew the ire of the medical expert when she suggested the UK go into a total shutdown for two weeks to contain the virus – a model which she insisted had worked in Asia – and drew attention to the efficacy of face masks. 

Dr Jarvis replied that the strategy had ‘categorically not worked’, adding: ‘With the greatest respect, unless you have read every scientific paper and statistical modelling paper that’s come out, you cannot argue with me on that. You can have an opinion but it’s not a fact.’ 

Caprice stood firm, shooting back: ‘But I can, I have an opinion. Let me read you the facts: In Taiwan and Singapore early on everyone was wearing surgical masks…’ before Dr Jarvis quipped: ‘Which make no difference at all.’ 

When Caprice asked to be allowed to finish her point, host Jeremy then interjected with: ‘Alright, but Sarah is the expert, but go on.’

Former Dancing on Ice contestant Caprice drew the ire of the medical expert when she suggested the UK go into a total shutdown for two weeks to contain the virus – a model which she insisted had worked in Asia – and drew attention to the efficacy of face masks

Caprice continued: ‘This is from a newspaper! This is from somebody from WHO!’ 

Mr Vine then interrupted her again commenting: ‘I just don’t want to get into things where we have the newspaper on the one hand and the expert on the other and we give them equal weight,’ to which Caprice insisted the point she was referencing came from a spokesperson from WHO.

At the time many people took to Twitter to question why Caprice was even invited to debate such a topic on the show.

One viewer wrote: ‘No disrespect to Caprice. She has to earn a living and everything but seriously broadcasters stop putting ill informed people up against experts. This is life and death stuff and TV has a duty to inform.’ 

Dom Joly chimed in on the episode, tweeting: ‘This is just embarrassing – stick to experts – shouldn’t even be having this kind of debate using people who’ve “read stuff in papers”.’ 

However the clip has resurfaced today on the anniversary of the show, with Twitter users defending Caprice as ‘smarter than the Government advisers’. 

One tweeted: ‘One year anniversary of Caprice being the most sensible government adviser in the country – and being talked over by a smirking Jeremy vine and a GP.’

Another wrote: ‘This has not aged well for @DrSarahJarvis, completely outsmarted by Caprice. Prelude to a public health disaster.’ 

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