Office workers on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca should sit next to a colleague they DON’T like after lockdown to keep social distancing, says disease expert

NO CHIT CHAT: Disease expert Zhang Wenhong advises sitting next the person you dislike on returning to work. CREDIT: Wikipedia

Thousands of office workers in Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca should sit next to a work colleague they DON’T like after lockdown, to keep social distancing, advises a medical expert.

Covid-19 expert team leader in Shanghai, Zhang Wenhong, is advising office workers to sit next to people they dislike the most to reduce the chances of chit chat, most importantly the spread of the virus.

The advice comes as China relaxes its travel restriction and it’s workforce restores a sense of normality in their day to day lives by returning to the workplace.

Wenhong, a leading advisor in infectious diseases, shared his theory during a pandemic Q&A video conference with Europe-based Chinese companies and overseas students. And personal protection against the virus was high on the agenda.

According to press reports, the disease expert said that the pandemic is unlikely to end in the very near future and social distancing should become the norm when retuning to work.

He advised office workers to ‘listen more and talk less’ during work meetings to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

“You should sit with people who don’t talk much,” or those you really don’t like, he suggested, as well as doing “the best work you can” to avoid confrontations with the boss.

The medic, 51, has tens of millions of followers on social media because of his views and the way he delivers them, and is reportedly known by web users as ‘Dad Zhang.’

Over two million people worldwide have been infected by Covid-19.

China lifted the lengthy lockdown at the former epicentre Wuhan, nine days ago.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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