The Covid-19 infections are on the rise again as we move into the autumn of 2020 and move indoors more. The Node is an important community for us, especially when the season turns darker and we long for belonging and experiences with other people. We need to discuss reasonable precautions to limit Covid-19 infections at the Node events.
Stopping the spread of infectious diseases completely is not realistic. If two people decides to curl up in a sofa together, and one of them happens to be unknowingly contagious, the other person could catch the bug. If we want to keep the Node open, we need to accept some level of risk, and rely on each individual’s responsible behaviour. (WASH YOUR HANDS, ETC ETC)
But imagine a more extreme situation, where one infected person, with no symptoms, attend an event such as a workshop at the Node, where there’s a lot of activities including walking around and interacting with several people, and we learn three days later that 15 people have been infected. This has been known to happen when a lot of people are doing things such as choir singing (REFERENCE) or traveling on a bus (REFERENCE) and being in close proximity to each other, doing a lot of talking or singing together.
We need to take our civic responsibility to limit the risk of a massive infection of a lot of people happening, and I propose we come up with some simple guidelines based on scientific facts and recommendations from the authorities.
The spreading of the Corona virus can happen in multiple ways, but the primary transmission happens through droplets or aerosol through our respiratory system (REFERENCE). This means being in close proximity to each other while talking, singing, breathing extensively increases the risk of infectious transmission dramatically. Physical distance is of essence to keep down the risk of a massive infection event and can be the difference of infecting one or two people or infecting 15 people. This difference matter.
With the current recommendations from the public health agency in Sweden, we are allowed to have up to 50 participants at an event, but given that the rooms at the Node are relatively small we usually keep the limit to less than this. We might need to decrease the number of participants for some events even further, for some workshops to as little as 10 or 15 people in total.
I propose guidelines when planning an event such as these - but please do comment on them so we can figure out a reasonable level for the various kinds of activities we run at Noden:
It should be able to talk to other people and keep a distance of at least 1 metre (or more?) apart (meaning it can’t be too loud in the room)
Events with physical exercise, breathing workshops, singing workshops and the like need to keep at least 1, and probably up to 2, metres apart
Seminars where people are sitting in rows facing forward need to have a distance that could be shorter, maybe 1 metres or less, apart between participants
When posting an event online, make sure to add the suitable guidelines for the event
When starting an event/workshop, make sure to inform participants of the guidelines for your specific event
If you see an event not taking reasonable precautions, please talk to the event leaders about your concerns and reference these guidelines.