Principles of Intelligent Social Distancing

6 principles of intelligent social distancing


Here is a link to a video, in English, about 6 Principles of Social Distancing that will help you make good decisions about keeping safe when you are out of the house.

Here is the video on YouTube

Here is a transcription of the video text:

Ola, First, I want to thank the people who watched

my first video about the importance of good sleep

in this time of COVID. and especially those who

gave me feedback. Today I want to present 6

principles of intelligent social distancing.

Many of us have questions about when

and how to socially distance,

and these principles will help you make the

right decisions when you are out of the house.

First principle : outside is much safer

When you have the choice between doing an activity

or meeting someone inside or outside,

outside is a much safer environment

A recent Japanese study showed a 19X lower risk

of acquiring coronavirus when you have

an activity or meeting outside.

And any wind is great, because wind

dilutes any virus that might be around..

When inside, you are in a smaller confined space,

and if anyone there is exhaling virus,

the concentration will be higher.

Second principle: the most common way to

become infected is being too close to someone.

You have heard that you can pick up the virus

by touching an infected surface, and that’s true,

but more commonly, people become infected

if they have been too close to someone who is

shedding the COVID virus; too close and/ or

for too long of a time

Which brings us to our 3rd principle:

3) Whether you become infected is a product of distance and time

Meaning, it’s not only how close you are to someone

who is infected, but how long you are close to them.

Whether you become infected is a complex formula

of how close you are to the infected person,

how long you are there, and how much virus they put off.

Some people have the virus and only shed a

small amount of the virus. Other people—called “superspreaders”—

expel lots of virus, so can infect other people even if they are

not too close, or are only around someone a short period of time

Principle 4) In general, the louder the person,

the more virus they shed

If you are around someone who has the virus but keeps

his mouth closed, he is probably giving off little virus.

But once the infected person opens their mouth to talk,

or worse, sneeze or cough, they give off a lot more virus…

The biggest spread of the virus comes when an infected person

coughs or sneezes or is yelling or singing.

Those things spread their respiratory droplets

which may include the virus much farther,

So basically, you want to avoid being close to someone sneezing,

coughing, yelling, or singing, especially inside in a closed space.

The Fifth principle is:

You often cannot tell who is infected.

Sure, if you encounter someone outside who is

coughing, you know to stay away, but many cases

are spread by people who look just fine.

Many estimates show that 50% of cases

are spread by people who are asymptomatic,

meaning they have no symptoms. The may look healthy,

not be coughing, not have a fever, but still they can pass the virus.

This one fact shows the importance of social distancing,

even when you are around people who look healthy.

Now the Sixth and final principle is:

Wear a mask, but know that the mask

does not make you invulnerable

The purpose of the mask is mostly to protect

OTHER PEOPLE from any virus you might be exhaling.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t protect you as well.

Unless the mask is an N95 type mask,

whatever mask you are using is much less

than 95% effective in stopping the virus

from getting into your nose or mouth.

Don’t be discouraged though, as whatever mask

you are using probably helps protect you somewhat.

Just don’t think that because you are wearing a mask,

that you can get close to someone you don’t know.

You still need the social distancing measures.

If people want I can do a video just about masks,

Let me know, but my next video will be

about applying these principles in specific circumstances,

such as in an office, car,  elevator, restaurant, gym, and so forth.

Thank you again for listening, and until the next video,

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