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Lockdown eases, but the virus has not gone away.

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So things are opening up again this weekend (4th of July 2020) in the UK. The lockdown eases.

It is everyones individual choice where they wish to go now and what they want to do – if you are looking for ways to reduce risk while going out and seeing friends, here are some science-based suggestions:

Effective hand washing is still extremely important! Make sure you’re washing frequently and efficiently!

Β Masks are still growing in evidence for their effect in slowing disease transmission. When you’re in close contact with people outside of your household, consider wearing one as often as you can!

Check out yesterday’s post for how to put on and wear your mask safely!

If possible, meet outdoors! Respiratory droplets have a reduced risk of reaching the people you’re with if you’re outside – a walk or a picnic are good alternatives to a sit-down meal.

Reduce the number of people you see in short spaces of time. By distancing the different groups you see you can reduce the number of potential infections in a social group.

Do you feel ready for when lockdown eases? Let us know your thoughts – info@thesciencesocial.com

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How to use gloves correctly

Post originally on instagram 1.05.20

Let’s talk about gloves and how to use them correctly.

Wearing PPE is a way to prevent the spread of diseases, but only if used correctly.

We have discussed the risk of wearing masks incorrectly and how this can put you at more risk, tonight we focus on the correct usage of gloves. 🧀

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, before AND after using gloves
  • If you are wearing gloves to protect yourself, the material of these gloves are very important.
  • Gloves should be changed frequently to reduce risk of spreading diseases
  • When removing your gloves, do it so your hands do not come into direct contact with the outside of the gloves.
  • Improper use of gloves increases the risk to you and those around you.
  • Good hand hygeine practice is a more favourable preventative measure.
  • PPE is in high demand in healthcare settings, social distancing and hygiene should always be adhered too.

Any questions are welcomed, as always.

More of our infographics on PPE here

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Glossary of a Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of terminology to people and understandably it can be confusing trying to keep up. So here is the glossary of a pandemic!

We’ve put together a quick glossary of common words to help you engage with articles and question topics as they come up.

Things like: what’s the difference between SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19? 🦠

Who is a carrier? πŸ‘₯

What does a ventilator do? πŸ’¨

What is herd immunity?

Use our glossary of a pandemic to help navigate through news and media about the pandemic!

Our definitions are split over 3 categories:

  • Viruses, Diseases and Patients
  • Testing, Tracing and Lab work
  • Treatments and Therapies
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If you think we have missed any words or want us to add more to our glossary, let us know by dropping us an email at info@thesciencesocial.com or getting in touch on any of our social media platforms!

Why don’t you read some of our blog posts about COVID-19!

Or browse our infographics on COVID-19 here.

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The Science Social Q&A III

It’s question and answer time again! Here are some more of the questions we’ve been sent recently – if you have questions you want answered, message us or tag us in a post and we’ll add you to our next post!

β„‚π•’π•Ÿ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕀𝕑𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 π•₯𝕙𝕖 π•§π•šπ•£π•¦π•€ π•¨π•šπ•₯𝕙𝕠𝕦π•₯ π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜? 🦠
Yes, you can – stay home whenever you are able!

π•Žπ•™π•ͺ 𝕒𝕣𝕖 π•šπ•Ÿπ•—π•–π•”π•₯π•šπ• π•Ÿ/𝕕𝕖𝕒π•₯𝕙 𝕣𝕒π•₯𝕖𝕀 𝕀𝕠 π••π•šπ•—π•—π•–π•£π•–π•Ÿπ•₯ 𝕓𝕖π•₯π•¨π•–π•–π•Ÿ π•”π• π•¦π•Ÿπ•₯π•£π•šπ•–π•€? πŸ“Š
Tons of factors come into this, including population demographics, data reporting style and testing methods – it’s not necessarily anything to do with how patients are being treated.

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯ π•₯π•ͺ𝕑𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕀𝕠𝕒𝕑 𝕀𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕀 𝕨𝕒𝕀𝕙 π•žπ•ͺ π•™π•’π•Ÿπ••π•€ π•¨π•šπ•₯𝕙? 🧼
Any soap you can get! COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria, so antibacterial soap isn’t needed to get rid of it.

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯ 𝕑𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕦𝕔π•₯𝕀 π•”π•’π•Ÿ π•π•’π•£π•˜π•– π•—π•’π•€π•™π•šπ• π•Ÿ π•“π•£π•’π•Ÿπ••π•€ 𝕒𝕔π•₯𝕦𝕒𝕝𝕝π•ͺ π•žπ•’π•œπ•–? πŸ‘•
It depends a bit on what hospitals are willing to accept, but scrubs are simpler than masks – so they’re a good place to start if a manufacturer isn’t qualified to make complex medical equipment.

𝔻𝕠𝕖𝕀 π•Œπ• π•π•šπ•˜π•™π•₯ π•œπ•šπ•π• π•§π•šπ•£π•¦π•€π•–π•€? 🌞
Yes – but the type of UV light used to kill microbes in a lab is also VERY harmful to humans. It’s absolutely not something people should be trying to replicate at home.

Find more Q&As here:

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Social Media Fact Check I

Following on from our recent Q&A, we’ve complied the most recent data available to give you an overview of the statistics. ⁣Our first social media fact check!
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Swipe for our basic breakdown on⁣
πŸ“Š age and sex stats,⁣
🩺 incidence of pre-existing health conditions⁣
πŸ₯ and why COVID-19 cases wouldn’t have been misreported as flu. ⁣
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As always send us your questions, comments and queries ❣️⁣
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Since making this infographic more information has come to light! Check out our blog post summarising a research article published in The BMJ here.

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How to wear a face mask correctly

The evidence for public use of face masks is evolving. Different masks have different levels of efficacy and it is STILL of the utmost importance that surgical and N95 masks are saved for the healthcare workers who need them πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ IF you decide that you are going to use a face mask, you MUST use it correctly – otherwise you are just putting yourself and others at more risk! 😷 So, how do I wear a mask correctly?

Donning and doffing your mask is a high risk portion of PPE wearing. You MUST NOT touch the front of your mask at ANY TIME!! This is the portion of the mask that is collecting droplets to protect you from the virus πŸ˜ͺ
If your mask has a metal band, this should sit across your nose and be pressed down and moulded to shape πŸ‘ƒ

Your mask MUST cover your nose and mouth completely, with no gaps! Even tiny gaps caused by facial hair reduce the efficacy of masks (this is why many healthcare workers have braved the shave!) πŸ§”

And finally, you should wash or dispose of your mask and clean your hands as frequently as possible. PPE does NOT make you invincible and does not replace social distancing or hygiene measures. It should only be used in addition to good practices already in placeπŸ’§

Check out our infographics on how to wear a mask correctly:

Links to more PPE:

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It was all an overreaction, the coronavirus peak.

Scientists are suggesting that the UK and USA are approaching, if not in, the peak of COVID-19 cases. πŸ“Š

Once this time comes, and infection and death rates go down it’s going to become very easy to argue that lockdowns and social distancing were never needed, because “see! It wasnt that bad after all!” 🚫

Remember ❗ the WHOLE REASON it “wasn’t that bad” is because we took these measures to stop the spread.
Not to mention that thousands HAVE lost their lives, and it is unfair to write those people off into history with no second thoughts.

When you see arguments about reopening economies, the impact that shutdowns will have into the future, and questions about whether it was all worth it, remember that we NEEDED to flatten the curve of cases for our communities to survive. πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­πŸ‘«

Please, continue to follow government advice on staying at home and reducing contact with other people. When we do ease restrictions, remember to continue being mindful of your interactions and behaviours.

🧼 Second waves of infections are a high risk, and could overwhelm the medical structures we have worked so hard to protect.πŸ₯ Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.

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Coronavirus and 5G… Lets do this.

Recently we were asked why so many 5G-related conspiracies had been popping up. Such as, “Does 5G really cause coronavirus?”…

The short answer to this is we don’t know, because these conspiracies are not founded in science πŸ”¬

However, new things can be scary when you don’t understand them❗ And the appearance of a brand new virus at the same time as an increase of new technology could understandably be confusing and frightening.

So here is our quick and easy breakdown of what 5G is! πŸ“²
5G is just like 4G, 3G and 2G before it – they’re π•£π•’π••π•šπ•  waves, a type of energy that isn’t known to cause damage that leads to cancer.

The potential impact of radio waves on cells would just be like a burn, but this would need energy FAR higher than your phone could ever reach! πŸ”₯

COVID-19 is caused by a virus, a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 🦠 which transmits through droplets that you let out when you sneeze and cough. Nothing to do with technology, just a bug passing between people the usual ways! 5G, does not cause coronavirus.

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How long does SARS-CoV-2 stay on surfaces?

How long does coronavirus stay on a surface? Our infographic gives a quick overview to how long the virus is detectable on different surfaces.
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‼️ There has been a lot of information circulating recently offering different answers to this question. A number of posts simply state β€˜coronavirus’ of which there are many types ‼️⁣
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These posts may not be incorrect, but they may not be accurate and do not necessarily provide timescales applicable to SARS-CoV-2. ⁣

These infographics are based on information from an article published in the NEMJ found here.

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Does repeat exposure make coronavirus more deadly?

A great question sent to us and answered by our virologist Ben Jones.
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⏳ We just don’t have the data yet to answer the question in full. βŒ›οΈβ£β£
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In influenza it has been shown that initial exposure to a higher infectious dose is more likely to cause severe disease. It is important however, to bear in mind that these are two entirely different viruses, so at the moment we just don’t know. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Regardless, whilst scientists gather and analyse data, 𝐒𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐯𝐞 that healthcare workers are adequately protected with appropriate PPE. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

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