Your Part in the UK's War on COVID-19
26 March 2020
We all understand the essential tenet of the UK governments advice – stay home (if you can) to take the pressure off of the NHS and save lives.
Some essential works need to continue, and CABE has been issuing advice to help provide clarification of the governments requirements for construction workers so that we can all act in the public interest.
It is still worth understanding the mathematics and science behind transmission of Coronavirus, and why reducing contact with people outside of your own household is so critical.
Scientists estimate that on average a person infected with Coronavirus will infect 2.5 people before becoming aware of the need to self-isolate (this is usually at the point that they develop symptoms).
In a thirty day period, that process is repeated multiple times leading to 406 other people being infected.
Reducing infection by half through social distancing means that after 30 days the onward transmission of the virus results in just 15 people being infected.
It doesn’t take much to realise that the single most important action we can all take is to minimise our contact with other people through social distancing. That means thinking carefully about how we can all avoid other people – or take the very best precautions possible to risk onward transmission.
Disrupting onward transmission really will help save lives, even though it is a massive challenge for everyone.
Unfortunately, it is clear that some people are not taking this personal responsibility as seriously as necessary. As Building Engineers we have an ethical obligation to promote an understanding of risk in a measured and factual manner. If you know someone who isn’t following government advice then please explain that their choices can be the difference between 15 and four hundred people becoming infected and that everyone has a role in halting the spread of this virus.
On being presented with a comedy lifetime achievement award Spike Milligan (author of Monty: His part in my victory amongst others) said ‘I am not going to thank anybody – because I did it all on my own’. None of us can beat this virus on our own, but we all have a vital personal role to play in ensuring that those on the front line in the health sector, and undertaking construction activities vital to national continuity are protected to the greatest extent possible: and those decisions really are about your part in the victory over Coronavirus.
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