Ex-WHO Doctor Recommends Scrapping Of Two-metre Social Distancing Guideline
Professor Karol Sikora, an Oncologist and former doctor with the World Health Organisation (WHO), has rubbished the two-metre social distancing guideline put in place by governments to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying it has no scientific backing.
Different countries around the world have different guidelines on social distancing, which is based on the idea that the closer one is to someone who is infected with the virus, the greater the risk of contracting the disease.
According to the WHO, a distance of one metre is safe, while countries have advised a distance of as much as five meters.
However, Sikora said changing guidelines on how far apart people should stand will be key in getting more people back to work, as some countries are now easing the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, he said: “The way we use our drugs, they way we do investigations, has a base in science, but this [two metre rule] has nothing. The politicians are lost because they get conflicted advice.”
According to the Professor, distancing of 2 metres is not ‘feasible’ for people getting back to work.
When challenged about government claiming they are “following the science” with the two-metre rule, he added:
“There is no science about the separation. There are some studies on droplet spread from people that have been done in the past but they are not conclusive.
“If we have an app to identify people that have an infection and people obey it, which they have done – society has been tremendous obeying the rules of lockdown – then there will be no problem. But workplaces do need some form of closeness together, not less than a metre but certainly less than two metres.”