Prepare your “social bubble” to be safe, have an open dialogue on risks and precautions; Experts told 5 rules to live in an epidemic | Experts told 5 rules to live in an epidemic, after the lockdown is removed, you can protect yourself from the social bubble model

  • In the social bubble model, people from two neighboring houses form their own social circle.
  • Use masks even in closed places, do not talk to anyone near
  • If the positive testing rate is below 5% for two weeks in your area, the risk is low

Tara Parker-Pape

Jun 12, 2020, 07:17 PM IST

Coronavirus's havoc still continues, but the government has lifted the lockdown. Normal activities have started in many places like malls, religious places. In such a situation, health experts are trying to minimize the loss. Experts are advising people to adopt the 'social bubble' model. Meaning, you should meet your close ones at least.

Julia Marcus, the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, says that it is difficult to predict how we will stop the wave of infection. Hence precautions are extremely important to keep people away from major risks. Now that we have learned to live with masks and social distancing and have become involved in frequent hand washing habits, we have to keep some basic rules in mind so that we can reduce the risk.

Health experts and scientists have given 5 rules to live life-

1- See health conditions in your area

  • To reduce the risk of coming into contact with an infected person, see the hall of Kovid 19 in your area. First, pay attention to positive cases and trends here. Understand the percentage of positive cases of Kovid 19 in the area. This will let you know if testing and contact tracing is causing a case of mild and non-symptomatic cases.
  • It is good if the positive testing rate remains 5 percent or less for 2 consecutive weeks. This means that testing is being done in your area in a better manner and your chances of getting exposed to the virus are very less.
  • However, according to biology professor Erin Bromage at the University of Massachusetts, it does not mean that you are completely free. You should take precautions if cases of infection increase.

2- Limit your close ones

  • Try to minimize your closeness. One way of this is to create a “social bubble”. Under this, people from two neighboring houses form their own social circle. Both houses set the rules regarding precautions.
  • Such a system requires trust. The bubble should have open dialogue among all the people involved, including mention of risk and perceived danger. According to Doctor Marcus, people's activities are changing daily. This is not a one-time agreement. The risks should be negotiated more consistently and openly.

3- Manage your exposure budget

  • Risk is constantly increasing, in such a situation you have to think what is necessary for us. For example meeting elderly parents instead of going to an office party. Think of managing virus risk like your diet.
  • Every member of the household should maintain their own exposure budget during the epidemic. You spend less and more risk in an indoor dinner party while exercising outside. If you spend more time in the crowd, then your budget will be spoiled.
  • According to Johannes Eystedt, computational social scientist and psychology professor at Stanford University, we have to think this way to get into the management phase for a long time. Do not take risks where there is no need. Do not take any decision against your health and priorities.

4- Keep things with little risk as small as possible.

  • Whenever you make a plan, first ask yourself how much time you will spend with him if you find an infected person. According to Linse Mar, aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech, staying in a room with an infected person close to or without ventilation can increase the risk.
  • Keep indoor events small and organize social events outside. In the meantime, wear a mask and follow social distancing. We do not know how many viruses are needed to get infected, so keep close interactions short.

5- Continue the precautions taken during the lockdown
Over time, many people have stopped wearing masks and following social distancing. However, following these rules is a good solution.

  • Wear masks in closed places like shop, office.
  • Apart from the people of the house, keep a distance of 6 feet from others. Exclude social activities.
  • Wash hands frequently and be alert not to touch any surface.
  • If any area around you is at high risk, then strictly follow the home quarantine practice.

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