Pandemics aren’t a new phenomenon in Europe or indeed the whole world. You may have heard of the black death, great plague, Spanish flu and many others during the COVID-19 pandemic, but rarely do you hear about how the people back in the olden days dealt with the problem of avoiding transmission of disease. Back then they didn’t have access to the kind of sanitation and equipment that we have today, so the number one method of stopping the spread was social distancing. We’ve known that transmission and proximity are linked for hundreds of years, but back then keeping apart was more difficult. Crowded cities and no masks meant airborne diseases could run amok, and people had to make do the best they could.
We can still see many examples of how people during times of plague dealt with the problem of staying apart. There are the very famous ‘wine windows’ in parts of Italy, where glasses of wine and other consumables would be passed through a wall via a tiny window, meaning distance was maintained as much as possible. These windows are actually coming back into use during COVID-19, as historical buildings still have preserved examples, and have started to unblock them for the very same social distancing purpose as they were intended. Combined with adequate hand washing, a wine window can help save lives.
But how does social distancing hold up today, with a brand new, novel Coronavirus, which our bodies have very limited ability to fight off, as it’s unknown to our immune systems? During the pandemic we’ve seen measures such as lockdowns and protective screens, all to keep people apart. At the early stage of the UK’s infection with COVID-19, there were few restrictions implemented and the virus spread around the country very quickly. Unchecked social interaction and lack of distancing were a major cause, because like the old saying goes, coughs and sneezes spread diseases.
This was back in late February or early March. Today, partly thanks to lockdown, COVID-19 is arguably less of an issue, but is still no less of a threat. There is still no reason to stop thinking about social distancing. In many cases, as we relax our guard, COVID-19 comes back in force. Re-infection, or the dreaded ‘second wave’ are on everybody’s minds, and lockdowns have come back in some cities in the North of England due to relaxed restrictions on public gatherings. We’re also facing a looming winter flu season, and although COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be slowed down by heat or cold, appearing en-masse in Australian and Russia respectively, more coughs and sneezes on the way may bring social distancing back into our lives soon.
However, social distancing isn’t the only way to control the spread of COVID-19. We know very well how easily the virus can spread in the home, in confined spaces, when we are all confined due to lockdown. That’s why it’s important to be aware of hygiene and sanitising your hands in the places where social distancing is most difficult - at home, in the workplace, on public transport, anywhere that people gather in small groups indoors or in small areas. This is why we use personal protective equipment, or PPE - because in places where distancing is difficult, other measures must be taken. Masks, latex gloves, hand sanitiser and face shields are preferred.
With the problem of stopping the spread at home or at the office in mind, have a look at our range of hand sanitisers, which should make it a little more easy to prevent the disease getting past your reception area on people’s hands. We’re all worried about COVID-19, and when social distancing becomes more difficult, the best thing to do is stay sanitised, stay up to date on government guidelines, and if you don’t feel well, keep your distance and isolate. As long as we stay apart, stay clean, and stay safe, we can make a difference. Check out our store for a full range of home and office sanitiser supplies.