A film about social distancing by Wes Anderson
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A film about how to perform social distancing by Wes Anderson

“You’ll find a pair of safety glasses and a pair of earplugs underneath your seats. Please feel free to use them.” Max FischerRushmore.

While the suggestions of Max Fischer may be a little extreme, social distancing and a newer, more responsible approach to cleanliness is vitally important as the world unites for a battle against the current coronavirus pandemic.

The ongoing health crisis of coronavirus was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. Of course, across the painfully long year of 2020, we have seen society change as we know it, the epicentre of the virus consistently change locations, and a vast amount of people tragically lose their lives as hospitals across the globe struggle to cope under the increased and unmanageable pressure.

While numerous samples of a vaccine are in circulation, roll out is slow and the news of hope was matched by that of a new variant of COVID-19 which has been described as 70% more contagious. As numbers of confirmed cases continue to spike once more, numerous countries across Europe have been forced back into a strict lockdown in order to flatten the curve once more. 

While governments around the world attempt to enforce new measures to tackle to issue, the message of social distancing has remained a difficult one to translate to some areas of the globe. With each individual country experiencing a differing timeline of severity, the deadly virus continues to spread with an unnerving speed which carries with it more tragedy with no cure in immediate sight.

With an attempt to slow down the surge of severe cases, medical health workers around the world have urged the general public to stay home, self-isolate and practice social distancing measures in a bid to relieve their already unmanageable workload. “This guidance is for everyone, including children,” the UK government said in its recommended measures. “It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Now, in an effort to get the message across in a visual sense, White Little Lies has turned to the most visually descriptive filmmakers out there; Wes Anderson. Using a supercut of a number of Anderson’s films such as the likes of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and more, editor Luís Azevedo has created the best example of social distancing.

See the film, below.

Below, see the recommended advice on how to practice social distancing according to Gov.uk.

What is social distancing?

“Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

“Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

“We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • Are over 70.
  • Have an underlying health condition.
  • Are pregnant.

“This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.”

Click here to view more information on how to react to the current coronavirus crisis.

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