Chalk circles have been marked before medicine, grocery and ration shops in some areas of Assam so that each customer stands at least one metre apart from the next buyer to religiously practise social distancing amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Assam Police personnel drew circles with chalk in front of the shops, exempted from the lockdown, to tell people how much distance they should keep among themselves while queuing up for essentials.
Social media was flooded with such pictures with the netizens praising the state force for raising awareness among the public on social distancing.
Assam Police has appealed to the public to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus and maintain social distancing. The state police has also urged the people to stay at home and support the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
Assam Police has also issued an emergency helpline (+919435215029) and email id ([email protected]) to address queries and issues of people in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid or decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community.
This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.
The World Health Organization has appealed to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to WHO, when someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. “If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease,” WHO said.