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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615370/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing-18-months/

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We're not going back to normal
To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members. We all want things to go back to normal quickly.

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Everything Has Changed

Everything Has Changed

The world is slowing realizing that to stop this deadly virus, we will have to radically change how we do... Everything. Almost every activity in our lives, be it working, exercising, soci...

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Fighting The Pandemic

A vaccine is at least eighteen months away, provided it works, and there is a hunt for quicker solutions.

Even having large capacity hospitals to treat more people at the same time is not wor...

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A Different Way Of Life

Sporting events, cinemas, art galleries, concerts and any other commercial activity that involves a large gathering will take a beating in the long run. There are other issues at stake: Airline act...

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The Shut-In Economy

Essential goods and services will be adapted to suit this new reality of a ‘Shut-in’ Economy: Gyms selling home equipment or virtual coaching; schools providing e-learning to kids.

There wi...

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More Surveillance

Sophisticated software will be more widely used to track people using cellphone location data, using intelligence services for facilitating contact-tracing, as is being done in Isreal and Singapore...

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The Poor And The Weak

The workforce, especially the poor and weak will bear the true cost of the lockdown and pandemic. Even the gig workers, from Uber drivers to freelance service people will find it difficult to survi...

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Guidelines by WHO

  • Wash your hands regularly, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it properly.
  • Clean and disinfect doors, handles and objects that are touched all the time.
  • Contact a health professional if you have symptoms; fever and a dry cough are most common.
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  • DON’T go out of your home.

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Keeping social distance

If people have to go outside, they should keep at least a 2m (6.5ft) distance from others.

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Social distancing is necessary

The new virus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets into the air. These can be breathed in, or you can become infected when you touch a surface they have landed on, and then touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Social distancing involves working from home if possible.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Stay away from crowded places.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family.

What is allowed when social distancing

  • See family and friends if it's essential.
  • Walk your dog for some exercise is important.
  • If you have no symptoms, provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbors.
  • Go to the shop for food and groceries.
  • Exercise at a safe distance from others.

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