TWO METRE SOCIAL DISTANCING NOT BASED IN SCIENCE:
I found this little gem within one of the reports from here, seeming to indicate that they don't even have solid proof of airborne tranmission under normal conditions, though they then go on to basically ignore that in their conclusions. Anyone??: https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/modes-of-transmission-of-virus-causing-covid-19-implications-for-ipc-precaution-recommendations
"A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine has evaluated virus persistence of the COVID-19 virus.10 In this experimental study, aerosols were generated using a three-jet Collison nebulizer and fed into a Goldberg drum under controlled laboratory conditions. This is a high-powered machine that does not reflect normal human cough conditions. Further, the finding of COVID-19 virus in aerosol particles up to 3 hours does not reflect a clinical setting in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed—that is, this was an experimentally induced aerosol-generating procedure.
There are reports from settings where symptomatic COVID-19 patients have been admitted and in which no COVID-19 RNA was detected in air samples.11-12 WHO is aware of other studies which have evaluated the presence of COVID-19 RNA in air samples, but which are not yet published in peer-reviewed journals. It is important to note that the detection of RNA in environmental samples based on PCR-based assays is not indicative of viable virus that could be transmissible. Further studies are needed to determine whether it is possible to detect COVID-19 virus in air samples from patient rooms where no procedures or support treatments that generate aerosols are ongoing. As evidence emerges, it is important to know whether viable virus is found and what role it may play in transmission. "
Expert calls for 'two-metre social distancing' to be scrapped 'No evidence to justify it':
HALVING the "arbitrary" two metre social distancing rule would make a huge difference to the economy without jeopardizing health, a government pandemic advisor said last night.
Professor Robert Dingwall spoke out as it emerged that ministers have asked the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies to look again at social distancing, amid growing evidence coronavirus does not transmit well in the air. Prof Dingwall, from Nottingham Trent University, said a one metre gap would allow offices, beaches and restaurants to open sooner. Speaking in a personal capacity, he said: "Reducing social distancing to a metre could mean restaurants opening with 80 percent capacity instead of 20.
"Beaches and parks could open with a significantly larger number of people while offices could be adapted to allow more people to work on one floor.
"The planning would also inform how many children could go back to school and how they are seated.
"The two metre rule is over the top. People need to understand there is not much basis for it. However, there is a respectable body of work that shows one metre is enough not to increase transmission.
"And you are also unlikely to put yourself at increased risk if you pass someone in a transitory way who is less than a metre away, for example in a supermarket aisle. This could help us plan a way forward. Supermarkets could let more people in than they do at the moment.
"It also means we should be opening gardening centers in a couple of weeks - anywhere where there is open space. People should be allowed to go to the beach if we can put in infrastructure to stop overcrowding. Councils should be taking the tape off the benches.We could get things to a more normal level much more quickly." https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1277125/coronavirus-lockdown-two-metre-social-distancing?fbclid=IwAR2ycmJvxR6632YtACfvzRwhbNys6SKg5ouaqUHw_BACzQIq1MYgBjSuW6A