People in the UK have been urged to stay at least 2 meter away from anyone who they don’t live with, to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19.
But the distance may be a non-scientific estimate that just caught on in countries around the world, as top researchers say there is not solid evidence to back it up.
Other nations have cut their rules down to a 1 meter gap, which advocates say could help businesses get back to work faster and help to kick-start the economy.
Professor Robert Dingwall, a sociologist at Nottingham Trent University and a member of government advisory group NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group) made the ‘fragile evidence’ comments this morning.
He said that the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in Europe had reduced this distance to one metre but the UK is persisting with the full 2 meters.
Professor Dingwall said on BBC Radio 4: ‘The World Health Organization recommends a one metre distance, Denmark has adopted it since the beginning of last week.”
“If you probe around the recommendations of distance in Europe you will find that a lot of countries have also gone for this really on the basis of a better understanding of the scientific evidence around the possible transmission of infection.”
Iain Duncan-Smith, a former Conservative Party Cabinet minister has also called for the rule to be relaxed, saying it will be impossible to maintain in pubs and restaurants.
Source: Daily Mail