How social distancing works and what it means for you

How social distancing works and what it means for you





Since the declaration and implementation of the “enhanced community quarantine” still a lot of to be desired in its implementation, ut we could see the government authorities is doing its best in adopting in the situation but as always they have one intention in mind- that is to stop the spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid19.
On the other side of the spectrum, it would seem the populace or the common Filipino is not heeding the call of government seriously enough…. Also much is to be desired.

But the thing is if we would like our government to succeed, we must follow the protocols they have been implementing.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN MASS The Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar
(photo from PDI)

Said protocols are the same protocols that have been done in South Korea and in China, with the help of its citizens both countries are winning their war against the invincible enemy that is the covid19.
Below is the full quote of the article published by Mr. Rigoberto Tiglao in the The Manila Times regarding the implementation of the social distancing strategy.
For purposes of informing the public we have decided to quote the whole article for clarity and truthfulness.


Please see full quote of the article below:

Social distancing best strategy vs Covid-19

SOCIAL distancing is the best strategy for countries and individuals to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), more and more public health officials, epidemiologists, and even big-data analysts are saying.
“Social distancing” is a fancy term for avoiding crowds and limiting one’s social interactions. Intuitively, except for two exceptions since February, my wife and I have been observing “social distancing,” together of course with a vigorous hand-washing routine. Sorry to my relatives and friends, I begged off attending their birthday parties and get-togethers. One can’t be too careful these days.

Our officials must send this strong message to the nation: avoid crowds until this virus blows over. This is the best way of preventing Covid-19 from becoming an epidemic here as it had become in China and now in Europe.

At least in one’s workplace, it would seem safe to assume two months after the disease’s outbreak in China, that none of one’s co-workers are unsuspecting carriers.
Call it a big-brother state, but the Chinese succeeded in controling Covid-19 by encouraging citizens to get tested when the first symptoms appear, and for their neighbors to report to authorities if they suspect a citizen is infected, yet has not sought testing.
Buzzfeed.com recently quoted two experts’ definition of social distancing.

Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by “avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices,” advises the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management Program.
“For an individual, it refers to maintaining enough distance between yourself and another person to reduce the risk of breathing in droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” according to Harvard Medical School. “In a community, social distancing measures may include limiting or canceling large gatherings of people.”
It involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices, advises the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management Program.

It’s a no-brainer, actually, if one knows the dynamics of the virus. The virus lives on a carrier for at least 14 days (up to 19 days, according to one analyst) even if he may not have symptoms at all. The virus’ consequences either kill the carrier, and die with him or her, or are killed by the carrier’s autoimmune function. The third possible course of the virus is to transfer to another carrier: social distancing reduces the likelihood of a carrier transferring the virus to you.
What many saw in the lockdown of Wuhan on January 23 and 15 other major Chinese cities in the following days was solely that those infected in those cities were prevented from traveling elsewhere, to infect those areas.
The lockdowns were simply enforced social distancing on a massive scale: residents were ordered not to go out of their homes, and a system — a major part of which involved online purchasing — was imposed for food and medicines to be delivered to their homes. In most cities, only one member of the household was allowed to go out of their homes to get essential supplies or seek medical attention.

In just two days, one analyst (Tomas Pueyo in the medium.com website) using a sophisticated model, claimed, the number of “true” cases — the estimate of actual cases, which is larger than those which officials managed to determine and report — had slowed down. The increase in cases even after 12 more days was not really due to “true cases” but to the fact that more of those infected decided to go to the hospitals.
With social distancing preventing the virus from spreading, the Chinese medical apparatus — reinforced by the remarkable construction of two new hospitals dedicated to treating the infected and the conversion of more than a dozen facilities for this goal — was mobilized to treat Covid-19’s symptoms (such as dangerously low blood oxygenation) or to try new treatments until the victims’ auto-immune system kick in.
Thus in the past few days, the Chinese no longer needed several of the new dedicated facilities and closed them, with President Xi Jinping confident enough to visit Wuhan, the ground zero of the virus pandemic. China seems on the way of defeating this scourge. And it was largely due to social distancing.





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