History of Social Distancing | COVID-19

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  1. Interesting history on Social Distancing. Also, Quarantine similarly started in Italy where the sailors from plague-infested areas were kept isolated for 30 days initially and later on for 40 days. From that 40, the word Quarantine has started. Nice post.

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana for adding on quarantine. 🙂
      The practice of quarantine, as we know it, began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from bubonic plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. The English word “quarantine” is a direct descendent of quarantino, the Italian word for a 40-day period.
      Health officials may have prescribed a 40-day quarantine because the number 40 is found as sacred in many traditions without any universal explanation for its use. In Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and other Middle Eastern traditions, when God flooded the Earth, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days. Moses spent forty days and forty nights on Mount Sinai. In modern Christian practice, Lent consists of the 40 days preceding Easter. Muhammad was forty years old when he first received the revelation. In Hinduism, some popular religious prayers consist of forty shlokas or dohas (couplets, stanzas). The most common being the Hanuman Chalisa (chaalis is the Hindi term for 40).
      The forty-day quarantine proved to be an effective formula for handling outbreaks of the plague. According to current estimates, the bubonic plague had a 37-day period from infection to death.

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  2. Nicely explained. We the Indians are doing the same thing -breaking the chain of spreading. We are now under 21 days of lockdown. Today 2nd. Day. Hope this will reduce the spreading of the virus. Stay safe.

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    1. A contrarian view is appreciated.
      It’s a fact that COVID-19 is spreading and at an alarming rate at some places like Italy, Spain etc. It’s a contagious disease. Its spread can be reduced either by a preventive measure like vaccine, which is not currently available or by reducing the transmission, for which isolation and social distancing are needed.
      Until the time a suitable vaccine is found to prevent COVID-19, there is an urgent need to reduce its transmission to bring down its speed of spreading or R0. For that, there is no other option than isolation.
      Adverse impact of prolonged isolation on economy is never doubted, some people may face problems during this period of isolation or lockdown, but we can revive the economy again, if we are alive. No economy can prosper during an epidemic, when everyone is scared.
      I believe that if isolation keeps the ones we love around us safe, it may ultimately be worth it.

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  3. Very well written and informative. Even the Comments too throw light on the number 40 that’s sacred to all religions.
    I have something to add not related to quarantine or social distancing.
    Dashmula is a very potent ingredient in Ayurveda. As a brand manager, I had the complete range of Asava-Arishta in my portfolio and Dashmularishta was one of the most popular product enjoying pan India patronage. We wanted to promote it as brand and in the process of creating a communication for it realised that though it was popular across the country it had different usage in north vis-a-vis south. While in North India, it was extensively used as lactation inducer and prescribed to lactating mothers, it was a immunity booster in down south especially in Kerala where Ayurveda is highly popular.
    Another funny thing came to light is that in some parts of UP and Bihar, Dashmularishta was fed to cattles to improve quality and quantity of milk.

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    1. Thanks, Aro. Ah, yes Dashmularishta is a Dabur product. It is used in the treatment of anaemia, after delivery care of mother, cold, cough, digestive disorders etc. Thanks for the inputs.

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  4. Day 8 of Lockdown in South Africa : Ive only just learned from my Uncle about the Spanish Flu. Very disturbing, the rapid spread of the pandemic. Thanks to you, ive learned more.👌
    Interesting but very scary times.

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        1. We were just running after some mirage-like goals. The social distancing, the isolation, and the lockdown have given us a unique opportunity to look at our lives from a different perspective.

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