Norwegian health official: It seems that one meter of distance is not enough against the mutated coronavirus

Espen Rostrup NakstadPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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The Norwegian Directorate of Health is considering changing its recommendation on keeping one meter of distance and washing hands in light of the British mutation of the coronavirus. One meter is probably not enough.

“It can have a number of consequences for practical infection control recommendations. 

“It is also possible that the mutated virus, because it is more contagious, affects how many of us can gather in different contexts, so there are things we need to look at. We gained some experience, also from other countries,” Nakstad said in an interview with the newspaper VG.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health is re-assessing both the routines for handwashing and keeping distance in light of the mutation.

Not enough?

“It looks like one meter is not enough,” Nakstad said.

Keeping at least one meter away from others is one of the basic and general advice to the population to prevent the spread of the coronavirus today. 

At the beginning of the pandemic, the recommendation was to keep a distance of two meters, but it was later adjusted to one meter.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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