Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus 5

This is the fifth in my series of short blogs about Covid-19. Maybe read the others first here.

It's three weeks on and much of the uncertainty I wrote about is still there. We still can't be sure whether the outbreak will peter out with only a few thousand deaths or result in a hundred million fatalities. But each day's news shifts the probability a little towards the bad end of the spectrum.

What is clear is that individual behaviour change is sensible and responsible. Let's not think so much about saving our own worthless hides but rather do it to slow the spread to the elderly and those with weaker immune systems. That's the responsible thing.

Mindful of the uncertainties, it's worth assuming that the most likely way to spread the virus is with close contact, touching other people or surfaces recently touched by others and then touching ones mouth, nose or eyes.

So it's time to ditch the embarrassment of breaking social norms and conventions.

When we meet and greet avoid the kisses, hugs and handshakes.
Touch as few public surfaces as possible.
Wash our hands.


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