By Bernd Debusmann Jr
A new interactive map from 2GIS shows that social distancing can help stem the spread of Covid-19
Russian local search and digital guides company 2GIS has unveiled an interactive map of Dubai that shows the important of social distancing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
To illustrate the value of social distancing, the company used two models of how a virus spreads in an urban environment. In both cases, sick people transmit the disease to healthy ones, albeit at different speeds.
The first model depicts typical urban life, with no social distancing or other restrictions imposed as people conduct ‘regular’ routines, such as work and family gatherings.
In this model, the number of infected people grows quickly and overwhelms healthcare systems.
The second model – which reflects social distancing – helps avoid high rates of infected.
“This is a model of social interaction in the city. It makes clear why a conscious attitude to a pandemic is everyone’s responsibility and proves that together we can confront the virus,” 2GIS CEO Pavel Mochalkin said. “Staying at home if possible, self-isolating if you feel unwell, washing your hands more often, keeping a social distance in the office and public places — each decision affects how fast the virus spreads.”
“Social distance today also means taking care of those who may need medical assistance, and it helps to reduce the potential pressure on hospitals,” he added.
The model can be found here.