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MetiNews.Com - Virologists are calling for a rethink on social distancing rules in the UK
Breaking News ! Virologists are calling for a rethink over social distancing rules to help control the spread of coronavirus. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester, told Sky News the exhaled breath of something with Covid symptoms can contain 200 virus particles. He is calling for a different approach to social distancing and an increase in the distance needed to control the virus - from two metres (under current rules) to three metres. Dr Tang argues that the original rules may not be enough for the new, more transmissible variant, which is spreading rapidly in the UK. The further people keep apart, the lower the risk of the virus spreading. Read More Related Articles Coronavirus LIVE as Matt Hancock says it's 'impossible to know' when restrictions could be lifted Read More Related Articles Man found dead on farm days after £250k 'financial irregularities' discovered at GP service where he worked Cold weather and lack of sterilising sunlight means the virus survives outside for longer. Scientists said the risk of transmission outdoors is roughly "20 times lower" than it is indoors. Even a slight breeze helps to disperse most virus particles in the air. A social distancing sign in London (Image: PA) Dr Tang recommends three metres - or ten feet - as the new safe distance. And he suggests people wear a mask outdoors. Scientists do not all agree on mask wearing outdoors. Some argue that when masks get wet from rain or moisture from exhaled breath, they become less efficient.
. He said: “For me that should form the rationale for this – to say, actually what we’ve got at the moment is a much more infectious virus. “We know it’s clearly more transmissible, so you’re more likely to get infected with it than with the previous variant of the virus.
A person wears a face mask in Manchester city centre near a social distancing sign
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“Although it’s not been confirmed, I think it is looking very much like people who are infected – including asymptomatic people who are infected – make more of the virus so it’s even more of a reason for being really careful about social distancing, about hand washing, and about the use of face masks.” He added the government message should be that although these things should be done anyway, it is even more important now. Prof Young told PA: “They’ve said it more or less, but it has not been as clearly articulated – that we’re in this very precarious situation at the moment, because of this variant.
“And that’s why we need to stick to the two metre plus now – it is ever more important.” Prof Young said there have been a number of studies looking at the viability of the virus in different situations, and a lot of them have recommended at least two metres separation, with one suggesting 1.6 metres to three metres is a safe distance. He explained: “I think the consensus from all these studies – and there are quite a number now – is that two metres plus is better than one metre plus. However, Prof Young added that if people were properly adhering to the two-metre rule, and other social measures, then it should be enough.
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