Coronavirus – social distancing and doing your part

Dr Sean Wheatley, MSc, PhD – Science and Research Lead

 

This short blog shouldn’t really tell you anything you don’t already know, but there are still some people that perhaps need to hear it. With everything that is going on right now it is clearly a confusing and difficult time for many people. The best way for us all to get through this is for each person to do their part.

Millions of key workers are taking risks with their own health to provide key services to the rest of us, and it is only right and proper that this is properly acknowledged and that these people are thanked for everything they are doing. Beyond that, the best thing the rest of us can do is to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for us to go out – and if you do go out keep as far away from others as possible.

Lots of people and organisations are providing further advice and guidance. We at X-PERT will continue to try and support whoever we can, and will try to give some useful hints and tips on managing your general health and well-being. We will be leaving the specific advice to those that know best – anyone who has any kind of platform right now should be using that platform to amplify the voices of actual experts. If you have any doubts about what the current guidance is, please see one of the below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

The key target here is to protect lives. The best way to do that is to reduce the number of people who might need care at any one time, making it more likely there will be sufficient resources and enough healthcare professionals available for people that need treatment. This is what all those “flatten the curve” messages are about. By its nature this advice might mean measures to combat coronavirus are around for a little bit longer, but it also reduces the amount of people who will die along the way. Any decisions that are made for reasons other than saving lives are incorrect decisions.

 

A couple of key points that it’s worth reiterating:

1. If you think you know better than the experts who are informing the current advice, you are almost certainly wrong (and should perhaps try googling “Dunning-Kruger”). We can never know for certain if the right choices are being made at the right times, but some people are better qualified to make those decisions – and those choices have a better chance of working if everyone follows them

2. If you think the advice doesn’t apply to you, you’re definitely wrong. Even if you might not be in one of the groups considered to be at higher risk; a) you can still carry it and pass it on to someone who is, and b) there are still some young, apparently fit and healthy, individuals who have unfortunately passed away after contracting the virus. Do not take unnecessary risks with your life or that of others

 

Lastly, it is worth being aware that as testing is going to be increased, the number of reported cases is inevitably going to rise very quickly. Do not be too alarmed by this, it does not automatically mean things are getting dramatically worse (i.e. it doesn’t necessarily mean more people have it, it just means we know about more of the cases that there are). What it does mean is we will have a better understanding of what is going on, which make managing it easier.

 

STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES

 

 

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