The case for keeping your distance

Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

GP; Medical Editor, Healthed

Dr Linda Calabresi

As the restrictions start to lift and we all start to emerge from our COVID cocoons, a newly published study serves as a timely reminder to heed our social distancing rules.

The systematic review and meta-analysis which appeared in the Lancet confirms that maintaining a physical distance of at least a metre between individuals will significantly reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, and if you make that distance at least two metres you are likely to reduce your risk even further.

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Derek K Chu, Elie A Akl, Stephanie Duda, Karla Solo, Sally Yaacoub, Holger J Schünemann. Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and
COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet. 2020, June 1; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31142-9

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