What does swiss cheese have to do with COVID-19?
Over the last several months, many experts have referenced the “swiss cheese” of COVID-19 defense. Metaphorically speaking, multiple layers of protection, imagined as cheese slices, block the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Think of defending yourself from COVID-19 as slices of Swiss cheese. Wearing a mask or washing your hands is not enough because each slice by itself has holes. If you layer the slices by taking more safety steps, you’ll protect yourself and others better. No one layer is perfect; each has holes, and when the holes align, the risk of infection increases. But several layers combined — social distancing, plus face covers, plus hand-washing, plus cohorts and contact tracing, plus ventilation, plus sanitation/disinfection — significantly reduce the overall risk. Vaccination will also add one more important protective layer.
The BSA has developed a swiss cheese COVID-19 graphic to help us all be more prepared to successfully mitigate COVID-19 at camp. How are you implementing each of these layers? Some layers take personal responsibility by each person and some are the responsibility of camp. Take a look and share this with your Scouts and Scouters! A successful mitigation strategy takes all of us!