With the number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus increasing by the day, it is easy to feel helpless. But in addition to maintaining good hygiene and self-isolation if sick, there is one thing we can all do to help stop the spread: respect the social distancing rule. Which means no-close contact with anyone not living in your house. Yet, many of us do not feel concerned by this basic rule, and are not respecting it. And every single one of those have a responsibility in the spread of the disease.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO ACT AS IF THEY ARE INFECTED
No matter who you are, where you live, that is a basic rule to follow, in order to decrease the spread, at this point. So no, you can’t visit your friends, no, you can’t visit your family if they don’t live with you, no, you can’t organize get-togethers at your place, no, you can’t go hike is groups.
The only people you should see are those you live in a same household with. You can still get outside, but you can’t be outside in groups with people you don’t live with. Many carriers of the disease do not know they have the disease, because they are asymptomatic. But what if you bring the virus home, at the end of the day, to a place where there are elderlies, or people with a lesser immunity. By seeing people outside your household, you are putting everybody at risk.
With schools closed and people working from home, it is tempting to get kids together for playdates, or to think that gatherings of small groups of people are safe. But social distancing works only if we all participate. If we don’t, the virus will keep spreading and killing.
NO, LEBANON IS NOT AT LOWER RISK !
We keep hearing stories of entire regions not being affected by the virus, being “safer”, however, there are no real facts about that. In fact, international aid workers have repeatedly expressed their concerns regarding Lebanon, saying that the official data being released is far from the real numbers. The virus is everywhere, it has not spared any geographical region, nor any socio-economic groups, and the curve of the spread of the virus has been exponential. And that spread CAN be slowed if everyone respects the public health guidelines. That is not prophecy, that is math.
Here is a simulation of how quickly the virus spreads without social distancing:
Yes it sucks, yes it’s sad, yes it’s scary and yes, it’s boring to stay home, but YOU NEED TO DO IT ! Because if you don’t, we’re in this for a long time.