COVID-19: As Lockdown Eases, How Safe We Are?

There were some researches that showed that when a person coughs, most of the droplets released either fall to the ground within about one meter or evaporate.

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The government has started to give relaxation in lockdown which has been enforced to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are at the end of Lockdown 4.0 and several businesses, such as pubs, are pressurising the government to allow them to restart. But the most important question still remains unanswered – how safe we are? It’s something that even scientists have not been able to answer so far.

With life limping back to normalcy, people have started to venture out of their houses. The only thing that can keep you safe while doing so is social distancing. There were some researches that showed that when a person coughs, most of the droplets released either fall to the ground within about one meter or evaporate.

That is the logic behind the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing its “one-meter” rule for social distancing. However, some countries have opted a safer limit of 1.5 or 2 meters. The basic logic behind this is the further you’re apart, the safer you will be.

The second important, but rarely talked about, fact is the time you spend with the infected person. “According to UK government’s advice is that spending six seconds with an infected person 1m away carries the same risk as spending one minute with them if they’re 2m away,” reported BBC.

The third very crucial factor is ventilation. If you are outside with a COVID-19 positive person, the chances of getting infected are less as the virus released by him or her will be diluted in the breeze. However, this not at all means that there will be no possibility of transmission. The chances of getting infected will be obviously greater when you are inside.

This means pubs, restaurants, traveling in a plane won’t be safer. So there’s full possibility of you getting infected if lockdown is relaxed further and these businesses are allowed to run. All of this reinforces the fact that social distancing is the key to be safe from deadly coronavirus which has so far claimed around 5,000 lives in India.

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