• Refraining from PDA acts can be one of the easiest ways to prevent COVID-19
  • WHO recommends staying 3 feet away from those exhibiting symptoms
  • Health experts also recommend common-sense measure such as washing hands frequently and using single-use tissues etc

Acts of public display of affection (PDA) have been banned during disease outbreaks. History tells us that, back in 1939, King Henry VI of England banned kissing in order to battle the plague. As the world confronts COVID-19, health experts are urging people to refrain from PDA acts, such as kissing- even if it is just a small peck on the cheeks, hugging, and high-fives.

“If coronavirus is circulating in your community, it’s a very prudent thing to do,” Fortune quoted Michael Osterholm, an expert on infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. “It’s one of the few things you can do yourself to actively reduce your risk,” he added.

Epidemiologists believe that restricting contact could help slow the spread of a disease that’s affected thousands of people and killed more than 2800 people in just two months.

“We needn’t alter our habits for the rest of our lives,” Bloomberg quoted Oxford, who teaches at Queen Mary University in London, who said in a phone interview that she was only suggesting to refrain from PDA until this crisis is resolved.

Although the World Health Organization doesn’t really ban these acts of PDA, its guidelines suggest that it might not be a bad idea to do so. One of the WHO officers who was sent to the outbreak’s epicenter in China praised their social distancing and self-protection measures taken at preventing the spread of infection. It is evident that most affected individuals in China got the infection from the members of their families.

The WHO recommends maintaining a minimum of 3 feet distance between anyone who is sneezing or coughing and avoid close contact with anyone when you are experiencing such symptoms.

Health experts at Geneva recommend avoiding all sorts of physical greetings with people exhibiting symptoms and to maintain at least 1 meter of social distance with them.

Health experts at Paris recommend ‘common sense measures’ such as coughing in one’s sleeve, washing hands on a frequent basis and relying on single-use tissues, etc.

There is also a concern that COVID-19 could be spreading via feces or via certain other tiny particles that could not be prevented by surgical masks.

Hugging has a lot of mental health benefits. Pictured: A man hugs members of the national police during a tribute to the victims of the Bogota car bomb attack, in Itagui, near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, on January 19, 2019. - The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for Thursday's bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and dealt a body blow to the peace process. President Ivan Duque reinstated arrest warrants for 10 ELN peace negotiators who are part of the guerrilla group's delegation to the Cuba talks. Getty Images/Joaquin Sarmiento