Is social distancing really helping us in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Many people are skeptical about the efficiency of social distancing for limiting the spread of the terrifying virus, as there are voices claiming the hypothetical harm of such measures.
While many of the world’s governments are urging people to position themselves one or two meters away from each other, there could be better ways to fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Our immune system needs exposure to germs and challenges
In the lack of any exposure to germs, the human immune system will naturally become weaker. In a more friendly English, our bodies need some training in order to have their biological weapons loaded and ready to fight with unwanted microscopic guests. This fact led to a major concern that in the lack of contact with other people, namely practicing social distancing, we all could become a lot more vulnerable to catch diseases.
Practicing social distancing is a good idea
Akiko Iwasaki, who is an immune system researcher at Yale University, defends his view of the social distancing being a good idea by saying:
“We’re constantly exposed to microbes,
“Our immune system is always being triggered.”
The scientist also reminds us about childhood vaccines and other built-up immunity. These two aspects won’t be affected as well just because we’re keeping a certain distance from one another, Iwasaki claims.
Besides social distancing, other ways of fighting the ongoing pandemic are wearing a mask, frequently washing our hands, and take plenty of vitamins for maintaining a strong immune system. Many other scientists are sharing Akiko Iwasaki’s claim that social distancing is a fair way of fighting the terrible coronavirus.
The pandemic doesn’t show signs of slowing down, as many European countries and the USA are facing a second wave that’s much stronger than the first. Yesterday, November 19, the US registered an absolute record of infections during 24 hours: over 192,000. The death toll for that day was at least as frightening: 2065 souls.