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. 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. Beyond this, the best thing the rest of us can do is to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for us to go out. If you do go out think about Coronovirus social distancing, and keep as far away from others as possible.
Lots of people and organisations are providing further advice and guidance at the moment.
We at X-PERT will continue to try and support whoever we can, and try to give useful hints and tips on managing your general health and well-being. We will be leaving the specific advice to those that know best. If you have any doubts about what the current guidance is, please see one of the below:
The key target here is to protect lives. The best way to do this is to reduce the number of people who might need care at any one time, to allow for sufficient resources and healthcare professionals to not become overwhelmed. 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. 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, the following can still apply to you;
a) you can still carry it and pass it on to someone who is considered to be at higher risk
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 and consider Coronovirus social distancing.
As testing increases the number of reported cases is inevitably going to rise very quickly. Don’t be too alarmed by this. It does not automatically mean things are getting dramatically worse. It doesn’t necessarily mean more people have it, it just means we know about more of the cases. What it does mean is we will have a better understanding of what is going on, which will make managing it easier.
STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES