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If we're going to open pubs... we need to shut our airports

Alcohol and social distancing clearly don't mix, so wouldn't we be better off just sitting this round out, asks Prof Luke O'Neill

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Dublin Airport pictured after phase 3 of coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dublin Airport pictured after phase 3 of coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Dublin Airport pictured after phase 3 of coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

If you can smell someone else's perfume or aftershave, you're too close to them. If you're near someone and they are speaking loudly because the music is loud, or even if there's no music (how we Irish love to shout after a few drinks), you're in danger of becoming infected. If someone puts their arm around you, calling you their best friend, there's a chance you'll become infected.

Of all the features of the Covid-19 virus, who would have thought an Irish pub would be the optimum environment for it to spread in?

The whole reason you go to a pub is to have someone smell your aftershave (or pheromones), shout a terribly interesting story, and lose your inhibitions.