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The distance to remember is two metres

07 January, 2021

‘If you can touch someone, you are 55 times more likely to get the virus than at two metres’

• ON Hampstead Heath at Christmas, a lot of people did not consider the guidelines applied to them, especially: “two metres, and wear a mask in busy places”.

It was exceptionally busy with paths very crowded. Many seemed wealthy and educated, and could not claim ignorance.

I need to take care at age 77. You cannot walk on the deep mud off the tarmac. And tarmac paths are frequently blocked by family groups spreading across whole path.

Also groups stop to chat, occupying whole width of path, with no concern for making space for others to pass. Only a few make a bit of space when asked, not the full two metres between elbows as the many signs advise.

I have started raising my arms a little, to which some people do respond to. I sometimes ask: “two metres?” Or sometimes say: “if you can touch someone, you are 55 times more likely to get the virus than at two metres”.

Remember “long Covid”. There was a recent American medical study of university sufferers from the virus, all athletes. One in four got permanent heart damage.

TONY EDWARDS,
NW5

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