•   
  •   
  •   

Opinion Coronavirus: No, we aren't even close to ready to ease up on social distancing

17:26  26 march  2020
17:26  26 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Mel Brooks and his son explain social distancing for you

  Mel Brooks and his son explain social distancing for you Legendary comedian Mel Brooks and his son took to Twitter with a very funny -- but also very important -- message about social distancing. Mel Brooks, 93, is in the group deemed high risk as the spread of COVID-19 continues due to his age . His son, Max Brooks, said he is practicing social distancing so that his father -- nor any of his father's famous friends and fellow legendary figures -- get sick.  A message from me and my dad, @Melbrooks. #coronavirus #DontBeASpreader pic.twitter.

Breaking through the corona confusion: Your guide to what the new rules on life in Australia during the New social distancing measures will change everyday life for all Australians Most non-essential businesses have been closed to prevent spread of COVID-19 Share or comment on this article: Coronavirus social distancing guidelines: What do they

Data shows that in places where strict social distancing measures are in place, illness rates are decreasing such as in Santa Clara County, California. Even Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he constantly gets his temperature taken.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

In recent days, there have been prominent US voices calling for a stop to social distancing soon, citing rationale that the consequences of social distancing are worse than the impact of COVID-19 itself. It’s worth looking very closely at that claim, where we are in the U.S.  epidemic and what happens if we stop the social distancing efforts in place around the country.

Whoopi Goldberg Joins 'The View' From Home: 'This Is Responsible Social Distancing' (Video)

  Whoopi Goldberg Joins 'The View' From Home: 'This Is Responsible Social Distancing' (Video) Whoopi Goldberg became the latest TV personality to host a show remotely Wednesday, beaming into "The View" from her New Jersey home as a way to practice "responsible social distancing" during the coronavirus pandemic. "I went to the doctor yesterday to check myself out — just to make sure — and he gives me the all-clear to go to work and I'm getting ready to do it and then I start hearing these inconsistent messages from everyone," Goldberg"I went to the doctor yesterday to check myself out — just to make sure — and he gives me the all-clear to go to work and I'm getting ready to do it and then I start hearing these inconsistent messages from everyone," Goldberg explained.

Americans are rushing to make online wills with 143% uptake during coronavirus outbreak - but lawyers warn some might be invalid. A similar plan will likely be introduced to protect small business owners who cannot pay their rent due to forced closures under social distancing restrictions.

Coronavirus infection and death rates across the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Sweden. But for many, life is carrying on close to normal. Bars and restaurants were full at the weekend, and This has led to a stream of vitriol on social media directed at the agency and its main spokesperson Alec Baldwin takes social distancing seriously as he catches up with pals and reveals how he is

COVID-19  has been spreading with exponential growth in the United States, and we're just beginning to get an understanding of how extensively as testing has become more available. There are nearly 65,000 U.S. cases confirmed as of Wednesday evening and more than 900 deaths. A few weeks ago, we had recognized 70 cases.

We shouldn’t be considering the relaxing of strong social distancing measures until we have drastically slowed the rate of spread, dealt with our dire shortages of supplies and diagnostic capacity and prepared our health care system to deal with surges in patients.

Some hospitals in New York City have said publicly that within one to two weeks, they will not have ventilators to treat everyone. In terms of diagnostics, there are shortages of reagents and swabs. We still don’t have rapid diagnostic testing in place in many hospitals, so it can be days before health workers find out whether a patient has the disease. We don’t have capacity to diagnose many of the COVID-19 cases that are not sick enough to be in the hospital, so those cases aren’t yet recognized or counted in the trajectory of the epidemic.

How Reese Witherspoon became the queen of streaming, from 'The Morning Show' to 'Little Fires Everywhere'

  How Reese Witherspoon became the queen of streaming, from 'The Morning Show' to 'Little Fires Everywhere' With her production company, Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon is producing shows for almost every major streaming service.

Pictured are construction workers obeying the 1.5metre social distancing rules at an on site work meeting in Melbourne. The union posted a photo of the social distancing rules being followed by Laing O'Rourke workers at an inner Melbourne site in Toorak.

Alarming graphic reveals how social distancing will only stop the coronavirus if 8 in 10 Australians follow the rules - but the strict measures are 'fruitless' if The Morrison government needs eight in 10 Australians to follow social distancing guidelines in order to control the spread of the coronavirus , a

a screenshot of a cell phone: Social distancing © Veronica Bravo Social distancing There are terrible shortages of the masks that health care workers need. How do we gain time to let hospitals get more supplies and prepare for high numbers of patients? How do we slow the spread of disease in America? How do we lower odds that intensive care units will run out of ventilators or space? The answer, for now, is large scale social distancing.

Social distancing works

In Asia, we've seen these social distancing interventions, which in some places have been in place for two months, work to slow the pace of the epidemic. They've slowed the disease by slowing social interaction. Left to its own, this disease spreads from 1one person to about 2.5 people, and then each of those people spread to an average of 2.5 more and so on. For this disease to stop, we need to make it so that on average, one person spreads it to less than one other person.

Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus

  Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus Actor Matthew McConaughey took to Twitter to deliver an uplifting message about how the current crisis could help the world unite.

Lack of social distancing at Sydney Airport arrivals queues sparked outrage. Mr Latham raged at the airport situation, which was just days after the Ruby Princess was allowed to disembark 2,700 passengers in Sydney Harbour with no checks. Sydney Airport has put up social distancing signs

Woman, 21, with no pre-existing conditions dies from coronavirus , family reveal as they pay tribute. Her mother Diane Middleton posted a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter today on social media. Writing on Facebook Mrs Middleton, who lives in Buckinghamshire said: 'To all the people out there

These social distancing measures take time to work. The impact of big interventions in China took about three weeks to start to reverse things. And then their situation got better. In the USA, we're only about 10 days into large scale social distancing, depending on the state.

To drop all these measures soon would be to accept that COVID-19 patients will get sick in extraordinary numbers all over the country, far beyond what the U.S. health care system could bear. Many reputable models predict that health care systems will be completely overwhelmed by the peak of cases if social distancing is not maintained.

If hospitals become completely overwhelmed, they could struggle to provide even oxygen for some or many of the 15% of COVID-19 cases expected to be “severely ill,” and the case fatality rate for COVID-19 could far exceed 1%. Beleaguered hospitals also might not be able to provide care for other serious and life-threatening conditions.

Millions might die

Anyone advising the end of massive social distancing now needs to fully understand what the country will look like if we do that. COVID-19 would spread widely, rapidly, terribly — and could potentially kill millions in the year ahead with huge social and economic impacts across the country.

Coronavirus Latest: Lakewood Police Arrest Homeowner For Hosting Pop-up Wedding With More Than 50 People

  Coronavirus Latest: Lakewood Police Arrest Homeowner For Hosting Pop-up Wedding With More Than 50 People Earlier in the week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy banned gatherings of 50 or more people in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. © Provided by CBS Philadelphia Lakewood police have charged 49-year-old Eliyohu Zaks with maintaining a nuisance for hosting the wedding at a home on Spruce Street. “The Lakewood Police is asking that its citizens be responsible and obey the directives set forth by the State of New Jersey for the safety and health of all. Those that choose not to will be subject to criminal prosecution,” police said in a statement.

Revealed: The text messages being sent to Australians about social distancing and hygiene in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus . * Hairdressers and barbers can continue but must strictly manage social distancing and restrict the amount of time a patron can be in the premises to no more

The coronavirus , with its rapid spread, is giving Americans a public-health Katrina that knows few borders or boundaries, even though some parts of the country are suffering far more than others. To date, for many, the sacrifices have been mere inconveniences. No restaurants or movie theaters.

Before considering changes to social distancing measures, we should use all our energy to get to the strongest possible position for COVID-19 response. We are not ready. We need rapid diagnostics in place. We need extraordinary quantities of personal protective equipment. We need more ventilators, and we need capacity to provide medical care to many more than we can now.

It’s encouraging that we are beginning to make progress. The Food and Drug Administration has provided recommendations for developers who may wish to develop serological tests, which can be used to identify who has been infected and recovered already, and to know how prevalent the disease is in the USA. Looking ahead, we will hopefully have therapies to treat at least the sickest patients.

Together, these measures will help reduce the number of cases to such a low level that we could do contact tracing and isolation of cases.

Q&A: Coronavirus response so far sidelines CDC, and former CDC chief feels 'less safe'

At that point, it will be a far less risky to pull back on social distancing measures. In the coming weeks, we will learn from the experience in Asia as leaders there begin to relax social distancing.  

For now, we need to keep production lines for medical equipment running, doctors’ offices working and groceries, pharmacies and banks open. It is important  to have science-informed dialogue about which businesses need to be closed versus what can stay open if social distancing can be accomplished.

Instagram's new Co-Watching feature is built for social distancing

  Instagram's new Co-Watching feature is built for social distancing Keep in touch with friends at a distance.Co-Watching is a new Instagram feature that allows people to browse posts together via video chat. Users will need to start a video chat to access Co-Watching. From there, they can view saved, liked and suggested photos and videos with each other by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner of the chat.

These measures are clearly painful for society and have bad economic consequences, but there would be no return to a normal society or economy now even if these measures were ended given that COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the country. We need to press ahead for now with closed schools, mass telecommuting, no gatherings and staying home unless you need to go out. It is critical that generous economic programs be put in place to help those suffering from social distancing measures. Through social distancing, we can slow this epidemic together.

Dr. Tom Inglesby is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Follow him on Twitter: @T_Inglesby

You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @usatodayopinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter. To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: No, we aren't even close to ready to ease up on social distancing

Snapchat’s new lenses use AR to encourage social distancing .
Snapchat's latest set of lenses come with a timely reminder of the importance of social distancing. The app introduced two new lenses, created in collaboration with the World Health Organization, that use augmented reality to serve users with tips on how to stay healthy. One, labeled "My Social Distance," encourages users to "practice social distancing" and creates an AR circle on the ground to help visualize the necessary space recommended by the WHO and other health organizations. Another lens comes with animated reminders about hand washing, staying at home and the importance of not touching your face.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!