Noel Gallagher says he is refusing to wear a face mask
"You and I are gonna live forever..."
Unless a global pandemic gets in the way first. Unfortunately, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has put himself and others at risk by admitting he has not been wearing a face mask.
This is in spite of laws put in place in the UK to try and minimise the spread of the Coronavirus.
Gallagher said he has been outright refusing to wear a face mask while shopping and on public transport, despite the law stating one must be worn in these settings.
Speaking as a guest on The Matt Morgan podcast, Gallagher said: "Listen to me... it's not a law. There's too many f**king liberties being taken away from us now."
The former Oasis guitarist said his decision not to wear a face mask has already landed him in hot water. He has been challenged by people in shops, and another person on board a train told him to wear one.
Gallagher went on: "I choose not to wear one. If I get the virus, it's on me. If every other c**t's gonna wear a mask, I'm not gonna catch it off them. And if I've got it, they're not gonna catch it off me. I just think it's a piss take."
It's telling that Gallagher realises his chances of not contracting Covid-19 rely on others wearing a face mask. So why not him?
The former Oasis guitarist continued: "The whole thing is b******s. You're supposed to wear them in Selfridges, yet you can f**king go down the pub and be surrounded by every f**king c**t. It's like, 'Oh actually, we don't have the virus in pubs but we have it in Selfridges? Oh right.'"
53-year-old Gallagher seems to be confusing government policy with the actual dangers of Coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already published data outlining the very real risks:
The WHO says: "Covid-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza.
"While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, Covid-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
"Globally, about 3.4% of reported Covid-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected."
In Ireland, the wearing of face masks and coverings is recommended as it may help prevent people who do not know they have Covid-19 from spreading it to others.
It is also mandatory to wear face masks in a number of settings, including shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, cinemas and hair salons. More guidance on the topic can be found here.