Too Jigging Close

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #93

Great Yarmouth’s famous rows run East to West and channel the health-giving sea breezes. Those “breezes” helped to fight off the Black Death when it hit in the years 1347-1351, killing a third of Europe’s population. Those wind-channelling rows did a pretty good job of cleaning away other diseases in the ensuing centuries.

But now, those very rows are a problem. They’re not six-foot wide. Some are barely 4-foot. How do we social distance in that?

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35 Responses to Too Jigging Close

  1. Sadje says:

    They never had an idea about social distancing! πŸ˜‰


  2. castorpblog says:

    good point, hope the winds still do their job, might help in the end

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  3. That’s a challenging task indeed!

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  4. Joy Pixley says:

    What lovely little lanes! Until you’re trying to stay apart from other pedestrians, as you point out. It occurs that they could do the same thing we’ve done with grocery store aisles and stairways here: designate them as one-way paths. It’s much easier to stay the desired distance apart if you don’t have to pass each other going opposite ways. But of course that does make the distance traveled longer if you want to go in the “wrong” direction and have to go all the way around instead, so it’s a trade-off.

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  5. To be fair, the plague doctors did wear a mask. πŸ™‚

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  6. For me, social distancing wasn’t in my vocabulary back in February.

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  7. Dale says:

    What a crazy thing. Who would think the wind could keep disease at bay? Wonderfully insightful.


  8. Our world definitely isn’t made for social distancing – a few of our streets around the coast have been closed to allow for it. We don’t have too many of these narrow lanes, but I’m sure it would be a less interesting place without them!

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  9. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    Social distancing as a concept, no one could have ever guessed I think!

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  10. Ben Naga says:

    β€œAt present, most data are still unreliable, seeing how β€œsuspected” cases are lumped into mortality statistics. But two situations for which we have more complete data suggest the risk from SARS-CoV-2 is minimal.

    For example, of the roughly 4,800 crew on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, 840 tested positive, but 60% were asymptomatic, meaning they had no symptoms. Only one crew member died.

    Similarly, among the 3,711 passengers and crew onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 712 (19.2%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and of these 46.5% were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Of those showing symptoms, only 9.7% required intensive care and 1.3% (nine) died.

    Military personnel, as you would expect, tend to be healthier than the general population. Still, the data from these two incidents reveal several important points to consider. First of all, it suggests that even when living in close, crowded quarters, the infection rate is low.

    Only 17.5% of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew got infected β€” slightly lower than the 19.2% of those onboard the Diamond Princess, which had a greater ratio of older people.

    Second, fit and healthy individuals are more likely to be asymptomatic than not β€” 60% of naval personnel compared to 46.5% of civilians onboard the Diamond Princess had no symptoms despite testing positive.”


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  11. Ben Naga says:

    I had problems trying to add my comment. Succeeded in the end but the beginning and ending are missing. 😦 I’ll rewrite them and put them here.


    When having to pass closer to another person than 6 feet I simply inhale deeply a few seconds prior and hold back from exhaling for 10 seconds. I think that provides sufficient protection.


    “Fear is the fear killer.”

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  12. What you could do is fill it full of cement so no one could get there?

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