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Is Covid advice better in Japanese?

21/01/21 . Blog

In Japan, they don’t have the Covid slogan ‘hands, face, space’ but the three Cs.

The three Cs are: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, Close-contact settings. The residents of Japan are advised to avoid all three. The poster (see below) says that the risk of clusters of Covid-19 infection is particularly high when the 3 Cs overlap: ie. an enclosed, crowded, close contact setting.

Covid is in the air

It’s a useful way of thinking because it helps us to understand that Covid is carried in the air when we talk. Yes, the virus is passed on through what we touch (so we need to clean surfaces and wash hands and so on) but also in the air. The small droplets in our breath can travel long distances (even more than 2m) and linger in the air for a long time.

What it means is that any time spent hanging out indoors with others is particularly risky. That includes working inside with others, having a coffee (or even queueing for one) or having a trade person in to your home.

We’ve taken a leaf out of the Japanese book and added ‘be air-aware’ to our list of Covid basics.

Jim Pollard,

English version of Japan's 3Cs poster

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