As Restrictions Ease, Experts Warn Social Distancing May not be Enough to Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus
As Restrictions Ease, Experts Warn Social Distancing May not be Enough to Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus
May 27, 2020 by eMedEvents

With many businesses starting to reopen and all 50 states easing their coronavirus restrictions, U.S. residents are now faced with a more challenging task, continuing to avoid contracting COVID-19. Until recently mandated stay-at-home orders, made many decisions about the risk of contracting COVID-19 simple. The public will now not only need to weigh their own risks, but weigh the risk of others, when deciding to participate in an activity or now.  Unfortunately, one thing COVID-19 has proven not to be, is one-dimensional, with public health experts agreeing that there needs to be more specific public guidelines, other than just staying “six feet apart”.

Numerous studies suggest the main way people contract the coronavirus, is from respiratory droplets, or as Charles Haas an environmental engineer at Drexel University, puts it “breathing everybody’s breath”. Droplets fly from a person’s nose and mouth, when they talk, breath, or sneeze, which is why many disease experts suggest wearing a mask, (not necessarily to stop an individual from contracting the disease, but to stop the individual from spreading the disease). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also informed the public, that the virus can spread in other ways as well, such as touching contaminated surfaces and eating contaminated food.

Disease experts claim there are four dimensions everybody most access properly, in order to keep themselves as safe as possible, these dimensions include distancing from other people, activity level, environment and time spent with one another.

Julia Marcus, an assistant professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Eleanor Murray an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, have created a guide based off studies and research, of the lowest to the highest risk of activities associated with contracting COVID-19. The lowest risk activity is staying at home alone, or with close family. Moderate risk activities, are any outdoor activities such as walking your dog, biking, or playing sports. Higher risk activities, are any sort of outdoor large gatherings, including but not limited to concerts, family events, picnics etc. Lastly, and rated the most dangerous activity, are large indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings include parties, movie showings and work environments.

COVID-19 is a disease that needs to be evaluated in multiple dimensions/situations, because there are no guidelines or vaccines that reduce the risk of contracting the disease, to zero. “Contract tracing, testing, isolation- these are all building blocks to understanding where the transmission is occurring said Muge Cevik, physician and virology expert at the university of St. Andrews. Until COVID-19 is finally solved and a vaccine is created, the public will need to determine for themselves how fast the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country.

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