Britons pack pubs during heatwave despite ‘perfect coronavirus storm’ in bars


Britons are crowded into pubs on the Scorcher on Saturday despite an expert warning, the risk of coronavirus is higher in bars than on planes.As temperatures soared in the UK, groups gathered to enjoy an evening on the town.

But the photographs show a lack of social distancing as revelers lined up outside popular venues.

It comes amid a warning that ads create the “perfect storm” to spread coronavirus and carry more risk than airplanes, according to academics.

Bettors drinking together in an indoor pub are potentially exposed to a buildup of infected droplets caused by poor ventilation and people having continuous conversations, often speaking louder to be heard in the din of a noisy bar, experts warn. .

Friends enjoying an evening together

The comments come after households mixing in pubs and homes were accused of an increase in Covid-19 cases in Preston, making it the latest neighborhood to reimpose lockdown restrictions.

Aberdeen has also been placed in new lockdown after an outbreak of cases linked to a number of bars emerged.

Dr Julian W Tang, Honorary Associate Professor of Respiratory Sciences at the University of Leicester, said if you can smell garlic on someone’s breath it means you are close enough to inhale their air.

Large queues seen outside pubs and bars in Portsmouth, Hampshire

The groups left amid the high temperatures

“If the airspace is poorly ventilated, this virus-laden air goes nowhere. It will stay there until the virus dries up and dies over time, “he told the PA news agency, adding that the most common method of transmission in the UK is probably” the conversational exhibition ”.

He pointed out that when people laugh they produce a lot of air, so if someone in a group in the pub is making a joke then they are overwhelmingly exposed to the exhaled air of laughter around them.

When asked if being in a busy pub was similar enough to being on a plane in terms of risk, Dr Tang said, “It’s even worse because the plane has very good ventilation. Pubs do not have very good ventilation. “

Security measures were in place inside the bars

Saturday night scenes in Portsmouth

He said that an airplane’s ventilation system filters viruses out of the air, adding, “I think an airplane is safer because of the efficiency of the ventilation system. ”

Dr Tang said the general public does not realize how good ventilation is in airplanes, adding, “Much of the fear is due to ignorance.

“To be honest, on a plane, the danger comes from your nearest neighbors because that air isn’t filtered quickly enough before you inhale it. This is the main risk in an airplane. “

Hundreds of people took advantage of a Saturday night in the city

A group of roller skaters in Portsmouth

He said: “I don’t see planes as a major risk. If you ask me, would I rather fly on an airplane or go to a pub, I prefer flying on an airplane. ”

Dr Tang added, “In a pub, you go there to talk, you go there to do exactly what you need to do to transmit the virus to yourself. ”

Dr Bharat Pankhania, clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter, pointed out that even after a drink or two, people let their guard down and are probably less careful.

He told PA, “What are you doing in the pub? Well, you drink and you have a conversation. ”

“But multiple conversations in a confined space is the same as gradually raising your voice to be heard,” he said, adding that speaking in a slightly louder voice results in the release of more droplets which can carry infection. and can be propelled further.

“So more droplets equals more chance of picking up a droplet that eventually infects the other person.

“It’s a perfect storm aided and encouraged by the alcohol, the catalyst. “


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