• Ashley McGough

Taking Social Distancing Seriously During COVID-19

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from person to person from the respiratory droplets released when an infected individual coughs or breaths on another person. Social distancing is a practice initiated to prevent the spread of the respiratory virus by reducing close contract between individuals.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that a percentage of individuals infected with COVID-19 can be contagious before symptoms appear. However some individuals remain asymptomatic, but are still contagious. This is why it is important to make sure you are wearing a cloth face mask in public and practice proper hygiene.

Preventative measures, like social distancing mitigates the potential of a further outbreak and protects high risk, vulnerable people from becoming ill. The largest benefit of social distancing, if implemented early enough during an outbreak, is the effect it creates on the "epidemic curve" and its ability to flatten it.

An epidemic curve portrays the number of cases occurring at any one time. If preventative measures are absent the curve is peaked prominently. In the image above it shows how the number of infected individuals could quickly exceed the available healthcare resources.

Thermal Proximity Systems (TPS) Distance Plus systems provide a non-contact method to safely, responsibly and quickly track distancing and proximity of individuals. If individuals are not within the preset range (usually 6ft) an automatic alert is sent to the designated operator to warn of those who come in close proximity.

Our Distance Plus system uses sophisticated sensors and passive distancing and proximity of individuals in a specific location. Predefined alerts can be programmed for a more efficient fight against COVID-19. The system alerts when individuals are too close to one another reducing stress in today’s new normal while increasing the safety of employees and visitors. Contact our team of safety specialist to learn more: (508) 356-4830.

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