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Why social distancing is important.

Yesterday, on Monday 23rd March 2020 the UK was told to stay at home unless absolutely essential to beat Coronavirus – but how does this improve our health and safety?

According to statistics from the World Health Organisation as of the 24th March, there are 5687 people infected with Coronavirus in the United Kingdom.

This number has been increasing in similar patterns to those seen in other countries such as Italy and South Korea. In response, the UK Government have been increasing the restrictions on people’s freedom in order to contain and slow the spread as much as possible.

Yesterday, for the first time in the UK’s history, the Government ordered everybody to stay at home unless leaving is for one of the following reasons:

  • Shopping for food
  • Travelling for a medical reason or to provide care for somebody else
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Travelling to and from work, only if your work is essential and can’t be completed at home

Police will have the powers to disperse groups of more than two and challenge the public on their reasons for being out of the house.

The aim of this social distancing is to reduce the spread of the virus between people and groups of people. Evidence has shown far that the primary spread of the virus is through airborne transmission. Infected who cough, sneeze or sometimes even breath in close proximity to others will spread the virus through droplets. The droplets are inhaled by a healthy person who in turn becomes infected.

By reducing the close proximity between individuals, the virus will have less chance of ‘jumping’ from host to host. The more we can decrease the chance the virus has of spreading between person to person, the  the slower it will spread.

So far, research has shown that transmission of the virus happens in three main ways:

  • Transmission via direct contact with the face (droplets from an infected person sneezing and coughing near to somebody else)

  • Transmission via contact with contaminated surfaces

  • Transmission via contact with a contaminated person

 

Restaurants, gyms, coffee shops, sports events and other places where the public gather socially have been closed and cancelled. The primary reason for this is social distancing. Large gathering in these type of events and venues will encourage all three types of transmission routes to occur.

Anybody who has been to a crowded bar will know it’s often impossible to stay 2 metres away from anybody else. This close proximity is exactly the right conditions for all three types of transmission. One infected person (who may not know they’re infected) could spread the virus to others simply by a gentle cough, direct physical contact or contact via an intermediary surface such as a glass or bar stool. 

Restaurants pose a risk primarily through transmission via surfaces. Venues will often turn around each table three or four times every evening, each diner has the possibility of infecting their surrounding area with droplets, which will survive and potentially be picked up by the next diner to come along.

Should you have no other choice but to leave your home, maintain at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone else.

Continue to wash your hands as your first line of defence, do so as soon as you get back into your house after being outside.

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