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Social distancing: How far is 2 metres?

At the time of writing, there have been 906 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 4-related deaths.

This comes from a rise of 121 people in just 24 hours being diagnosed with the virus.

2-metre rule

The various health organisations across the world have recommended a distance of 2 metres between people to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

How far is 2-metres?

To be able to gauge the distance yourself in everyday situations that you may face, the department of health has issued a video of some examples.

In the video, a department spokesperson has said two-metres is a similar size to the following:

  • 200 centimetres or 6 feet, seven inches;
  • The length of a double bed;
  • The arm span of an average adult;
  • Twice the arm span of an average child.

The video concludes with the following message; “Stop the spread of Covid-19, it’s in your hands!”

Video source: Department of Health YouTube

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