A month in lockdown – D is for distancing

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The A-Z blogging challenge is quite straightforward, blog everyday in April, except Sundays, with subjects that follow the alphabet. It’s all a bit of fun. My subject is ‘A month in lock down’.

We’ve heard a lot about social or personal distancing. Most health authorities are using this as one of their key weapons in the fight against Covid 19. By asking people to stay at home where possible and keeping 2 metres apart when they are out it is hoped that the spread of the disease will be slowed.

Obviously , when you are at home you are not expected to keep two metres away from your family members nor if you go out with them and so if you see two people close to each other when you are out and about, think before you shout at them.

How does distancing work? Whilst it is not absolutely clear how the virus is always spread it is definitely carried in aerosol from infected people coughing or sneezing. This may be obvious yet viruses need to spread from host to host in order to multiply. Without the ability to be contagious then they cannot survive. Distancing helps to decrease the chance of coming into contact with the infection, thereby reducing the rate at which the population gets it.

Distancing will not stop people becoming infected, only isolation or immunisation could do that, but rather allows more time for society to cope with the consequences of the disease. Of course it is not possible to always maintain the 2 metre distance, for example if you are still going into work, or are on public transport or at a supermarket and so avoiding these places, or at least reducing your frequency are all important in supporting the distancing policy.

Stay safe.

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