Takes my breath away!

Takes my breath away!

Posted 07 June, 2020 at 00:30

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of Pronounce Media


Now that restrictions are starting to be lifted to varying degrees across the world and with the news recently dominated by the protests which started in America it would be easy to think that the virus was a thing of the past. Sadly, the truth is Covid 19 is still active, we have no vaccine against it and no effective treatments and still no definite answer as to when either will be available. We can only hope that the exposure to large crowds that these protests whilst best intentioned have caused will not result in a further spike in infections.

Either way it makes good sense to still take sensible precautions until a solution can be found, particularly if like myself by reasons of birth date you find yourself in a high-risk category. From the first day the virus was announced and once the means of transmission was explained completely subconsciously, I noticed myself doing something some might find extreme. I have cut down my social interaction as much as possible but even so there are time when shopping for instance, where I find myself in the proximity of others. Each time this happens I simply hold my breath until the danger has passed thus not inhaling but just as importantly not exhaling either.  

For a long time I kept this strange quirk to myself not wishing to suffer ridicule but more recently I have begun to mention it to people and it seems I am not alone in fact nearly everyone I have asked is doing it as well. It seems its just a basic instinct and yet I have not heard it mentioned in the media and certainly not in any of the guidance, perhaps they fear people taking it to extremes. When I mentioned to one knowledgeable friend recently, he recounted.

“Well you have heard the expression “I turned and said” this apparently stems from the days of the plague where people would instinctively turn their heads away before speaking so as not to transmit the virus.” I have no idea whether this account is in fact true, but it would make perfect sense, though of course back then they had no real concept of how it would spread so it had to be purely instinctive. Either way it seems to me to be an added precaution that is so easy to do and could well be more effective than simply wearing a mask.

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