One of the toughest things as we come out of this lockdown is that we have to stay away from people, an awkward and an unnatural thing to do. As the medical professionals like the brilliant Mark Hochberg MD continue to show and tell us however, this is a necessary step which is designed to minimize the spread of this coronavirus and it has already begun to work well. Sadly however if you go out in the street you are still seeing people who are too close to each other, perhaps even greeting each other with a hug or a kiss, and during this pandemic it is a terrible idea to do that.
It may seem that as lockdown is eased that we are in the clear but that is not necessarily true and this is why it is so drastically important that we continue to social distance when we are out and about.
Passing it on
The whole point of staying away from each other is to prevent the passing of this virus from one to another. When we breathe, sneeze or cough we shoot water molecules into the air and it is in these water droplets where you the virus resides. If we are too close then others breathe these molecules in and they could easily be given the virus, the distance ensures that this won’t happen.
It would be very easy to be lulled into a false sense of security as we see case numbers and death tolls fall but we have to remember that much of the reason for that isn’t herd immunity as many believe, it is also that most of us have been locked down for such a long time that it is inevitable that cases would fall. There is a very real risk fo a second wave of infections if we are not careful when we are out in public.
At first there was a sense that if you had already had the virus then your body would have grown antibodies and therefore be immune to any more bouts of the virus in the future. Unfortunately however a recent study found that those antibodies will only last for a few months and after that we are back to square one. This is why again it is so important that everyone, even if you have had it, is aware o the guidelines around social distancing.
Ultimately we are going to have to do this until a vaccine has been found for the virus, and that could be 6 -12 months away from happening. This is strange and it is not normal for us to be doing this, but it is the best way to ensure that the world can at least be operational again.
If you really think about it, socially distancing is not that difficult and it will do it’s bit to keep us all safe until we can get a vaccine for this terrible virus.
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