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Australia How social distancing can halt the spread of coronavirus

02:15  25 march  2020
02:15  25 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Every act of social distancing can have a dramatic impact on the spread of coronavirus . (Australian Government). A person infected with coronavirus will pass the disease on to an average of two to three people every five days. If those infected people do likewise, 406 people will be infected within 30

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a person standing on a beach: Lifeguards stand on an empty Bondi Beach after crowds were banned from being there. © AAP Lifeguards stand on an empty Bondi Beach after crowds were banned from being there. For several weeks health authorities and state and federal governments have been urging Australians to practice social distancing.

But many Australians still out-and-about appear not to understand just how they could be responsible for the infections of hundreds of people.

COVID-19 is highly contagious, even if the infected person does not display any symptoms.

A person infected with coronavirus will pass the disease on to an average of two to three people every five days.

If those infected people do likewise, 406 people will be infected within 30 days.

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Social distancing is important because coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets How to self- distance . Work from home whenever possible. Avoid all unnecessary travel. Who should self-isolate? Everyone who shows coronavirus symptoms - a fever of above 37.8C, a

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Every act of social distancing can have a dramatic impact on the spread of coronavirus. © Australian Government Every act of social distancing can have a dramatic impact on the spread of coronavirus. Statistically, several dozen of those will need serious medical care, and some may die.

But if Australians halve their exposure to other people, by the end of the 30 days, that one person will be responsible for just 15 infections.

And with 75 per cent less exposure, just two to three people will be infected in 30 days.

New Zealand microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles created this infographic to illustrate just how easily the virus can spread, and how social distancing can have a dramatic impact.

Social distancing is vital because a slower rate of infection means hospitals and health care workers can cope with the influx of patients.

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed the ‘We all have a responsibility to contribute to reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus ’. With daily routines coming to a halt , it is inevitable that cabin fever will eventually set in and with weather forecasts predicting weeks of

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A commuter looks through a water-stained window wearing a mask and gloves to help guard against the Coronavirus, on a public bus in downtown Tehran, Iran, February 2020. © AP A commuter looks through a water-stained window wearing a mask and gloves to help guard against the Coronavirus, on a public bus in downtown Tehran, Iran, February 2020. Every person staying at home is a person not spreading coronavirus or catching it.

At the current rate of infection, hospitals could run out of beds and equipment in a matter of weeks.

And in the absence of adequate medical care, the fatality rate from the disease would skyrocket, as it has in Italy.

Worldwide, more than 378,000 people have contracted coronavirus.

A week ago, it was about half that.

a group of people sitting at a beach: Beachgoers are seen at Bondi Beach despite the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020. © AAP Beachgoers are seen at Bondi Beach despite the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 16,000 people have died from the virus, including 6000 in Italy, 3200 in China, 2300 in Spain and 1800 in Iran.

Seven Australians have died from coronavirus.

Fewer than ten per cent of Australians with coronavirus have recovered thus far.

WA bus driver infected 'hundreds' with coronavirus

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A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses .

Social distancing or physical distancing is a set of infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.

a close up of a sign: Australian health authorities have started to take measures to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow down the rate of COVID-19 infections. Here’s exactly what that means. Australian health authorities have started to take measures to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow down the rate of COVID-19 infections. Here’s exactly what that means. Several of the most recent people in Australia to contract coronavirus are backpackers in the Sydney suburb of Bondi.

On Saturday Bondi's iconic beach was closed after it was packed with swimmers and sunbathers on Friday.

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