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Social Distancing — COVID-19


Corona virus is transmitted in the droplets coughed out by the sufferer. These droplets travel in the air for up to 1.5 meters, float for a while and then, settle on a surface. Most people have the ha

The world is in the middle of the worst health crisis in ages. Naturally all the News Channels, Social Media and members of the public are talking about is Corona. The other day, an expert on a news channel was urging people to observe ‘social distancing’ which, along with frequent hand washing does seem to be the most logical way of preventing the spread. So, how does it work and what does it mean?

Corona virus is transmitted in the droplets coughed out by the sufferer. These droplets travel in the air for up to 1.5 meters, float for a while and then, settle on a surface. Most people have the habit of covering their face with their hands when they cough. This means that an infected person’s hands are likely to have those droplets. An uninflected person is likely to catch it by either inhaling those droplets or touching the surface with those droplets (including an infected person’s hands) with their hands and then touching their face with their hands.

This means that you are unlikely to catch the Corona infection, if you stand at a distance of at least 2 meters from a stranger or a suspected victim and do not shake their hand .

And that is exactly what ‘social distancing’ means — keeping a physical distance and avoiding handshakes.

So, be safe. Keep a social distance.

Dr Vibhash Mishra , Chief Medical Officer, Second Medic Inc