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How to stop the spread of Coronavirus through social distancing

You don’t need to be told to catch your sneezes in a clean tissue and then bin the tissue. You don’t need to be told to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Following these simple guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the latest advice pushes people apart. It tells the elderly to stay away from their grandchildren. It’s the reason schools have shut down. It’s the reason parents have been advised not to take their children to the shops. It’s also the reason the Premier League season’s been suspended. Let’s take a closer look at it to see why it’s important and why you should follow the government’s guidelines to the letter.

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The most at risk

Those who are most at risk need to adhere to these rules because their lives depend on it. Equally, anyone who normally interacts with the most at-risk groups needs to adhere to the government’s policy. The most at-risk groups are as follows:

  • Anyone aged 70 or older
  • Anyone of any age with one of the underlying health conditions listed below.
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • Anyone with problems with their spleen. That includes patients with sickle cell disease
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Anyone who’s seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • Pregnant women

What should be avoided?

Public transport needs to be avoided. You should also avoid any gatherings whether they’re large or small. The government has asked employees to work from home where possible. Your company should support that. You should keep in touch with your friends and family through social media. Use Skype for calls and make every effort to reassure each other through messages but stay away. If you need to contact your GP, do so over the phone or online. Be practical and sensible. If we all follow the advice, this virus will be contained.

Any questions?

Head to gov.uk if you have any questions about COVID-19 and want to know the government’s latest advice. Also, keep an eye on your TV news channels. Each day, the PM Boris Johnson will run a press conference. So far, they’ve been at different times, but they’re always between 4 pm and 6 pm. While we’re all indoors, there’s no excuse not to keep up to date with the latest on Coronavirus.

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