Should you be socialising less?
Sunday, 20 September · 2 min read

Some countries have seen the number of coronavirus cases rise again in recent weeks. If this is the case where you live, you might be wondering whether to socialise less.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, says that seeing friends and family is risky because some infected people won’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic).

This means you (or they) could pass on the virus without knowing it.

Coronavirus is spread through droplets that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes out. So with cases rising, it's better to talk online or over the phone, Pankhania says.

This will also reduce the amount of time you spend on public transport or in crowded places. 'Any place which is full of human beings is a bit risky,' Pankhania explains.

If you do socialise in person, Dr Pankhania says you should:

  • keep a distance from other people
  • limit the number of people you meet
  • think about forming a ‘social bubble' — this means only interacting with the same small group of people

Social bubbles limit how many people you could catch coronavirus from or spread it to. And while the measures above won’t remove the risk entirely, they will reduce it, says Dr Pankhania.

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