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Prue Leith says it’s ‘no brainer’ a young person should be saved over the elderly during coronavirus pandemic


Prue Leith revealed her thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: PA)

Prue Leith has revealed she would rather a young person be saved than someone of her age during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Great British Bake Off judge, 80, explained: ‘If there’s a choice between a 20 year old dying and an 80 year old dying… it’s a no brainer.

‘I am quite philosophical. I’ve had quite a lucky life. I’ve had two happy marriages, two wonderful children,’ she said on the Fortunatey… With Fi and Jane podcast.

‘If I was knocked over by a bus tomorrow, it would be a fair cop, I’ve had wonderful life and it would be ridiculous to expect it to go on like this forever.

‘If I was knocked out by this virus it would be a surprise because I’m fairly resilient and I tend to throw things off quickly but you know what, we’re going to die anyway.’

She added that she wasn’t afraid of death, explaining; ‘I’m not frightened of dying, what I’m frightened of is the process of it.

Prue would rather see a young person get saved than someone of her own age (Picture: Anthony Harvey/BAFTA/REX)

‘I don’t want a horrible, painful, distressing death. I think that’s the terrible thing about what Covid has done – this business of not being able to die with your family around you and not being able to lie in some degree of comfort.

‘I think even if you are allowed in to see your love ones with a mask and Perspex screen in front of you and looking like an alien and if your mother is a bit senile or confused – how terrible for them.

‘But you know, occasionally these terrible things happen to the world like war or pestilence and because we live such comfortable lives mostly we are tremendously shocked when it happens, but every hundred years or so this sort of thing does happen.’ 

It comes after there were worries from the public that the elderly would be overlooked if hospitals became overwhelmed by coronavirus patients, in favour of younger people who would have more of a chance of survival and more years left to live. 

Currently, there have been over 240,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with over 34,000 people dying with Covid-19. 

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