Though the hospital-based comedy show, Scrubs, ended over a decade ago, an old clip has resurfaced that perfectly illustrates the importance of social distancing and the prevention of the spread of viruses and infections.
Keep scrolling to watch it for yourself...
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Close to 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty186,981, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,477 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 4,094 more confirmed cases across the country and seventy-one deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
So, yeah. Things are getting pretty serious.
via: GettyAnd, on top of all the precautions and sanctions the world's governments are putting in place, regular civilians are scrambling to protect themselves from the virus the best they can.
Whether it be donning facemasks...
via: GettyOr taking extra sanitary measures when out in public, citizens all over the world are making a valiant effort to prevent further spread of the virus.
And one of the main methods adopted by people is self-isolation.
via: GettyAt first, people with symptoms were advised to stay isolated in their homes for at least a week. But, now the virus is getting out of hand, everyone has been called to self-isolate and distance themselves from crowded, social situations.
But what are the benefits of self-isolation and social-distancing?
via: GettyWell, however unpleasant it may be, remaining isolated from other people dramatically lowers the risk of catching or passing on the virus.
By confining yourself to one space for an extended period of time...
via: GettyThe virus will be unable to spread and infect other people.
Still not convinced?
via: GettyWell, I have just the thing that can explain the benefits and importance of this concept perfectly.
The hit comedy TV show, Scrubs, demonstrated the importance of social distancing a long time ago.Though the beloved hospital show was brought to a close a decade ago, many people are now referring back to a certain episode to stress the importance of social distancing.
It turns out that Scrubs had the right idea...
via: IMDBJust ten years too early. In a clip from the fifth season episode, My Cabbage, the process of how a virus can spread was demonstrated through a series of seemingly innocent interactions.
They first show a mother wiping her son's nose...
via: YouTubeThe tissue turns green to highlight the infection as Dr. Kelso can be heard explaining, "Infection can start with a simple sneeze... And then a handshake."
The green infection then transfers to her hand...
via: YouTubeWhich then comes into contact with the doctor's own hand.
via: YouTube"Perhaps an accidental collision?" The doctor then accidentally knocks into a nurse who helps him pick up his documents and, thus, gets infected with the green infection.
The nurse then goes on to greet a different patient...
via: YouTubeAnd, by giving her a simple touch on the shoulder, she further spreads the infection.
And, just like that...
via: YouTube"You now have a patient in trouble."
The scene illustrates perfectly just how easily infections and viruses can be spread...
via: YouTubeAnd how a single touch by someone else can leave you vulnerable to disease.
You can watch the full clip for yourselves here.
WHY WE NEED SOCIAL DISTANCING, as illustrated by Scrubs. https://t.co/uLxE4MbaAC— Naima Cochrane (@Naima Cochrane)1584260283.0