To make it easier to socially disengage, an equipment and system is provided. The system issues alarms when the distance between a person and an object is above or less than a threshold for social distancing. It lets you choose between risk, safety and the need for interactions with people in person for various actions. The system utilizes one or more thresholds for social distancing which could be based on user characteristics and guidelines on social distancing.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, governments have instituted lockdowns which closed businesses and schools and limited in-person interactions. Lockdowns temporarily reduce the spread of disease, but result in significant damage to economies,high unemployment, and a sense of unwelcome isolation. To reduce the negative effects of lockdowns and allow safe interaction in person during a disease outbreak, medical authorities recommend reopening businesses and allowing in-person interactions, but only if the people maintain an appropriate distance from each other. This interaction is known as “social distance.” Medical experts believe that people can interact without a significant chance of spreading diseases if the distance between people is sufficient.

Medical professionals in the USA suggest a social distance for COVID-19 that is 6 feet. Local governments mandate that businesses can open, but only if social distancing is enforced and the people remain 6 ft. apart from one another as well as wearing masks and other practices to reduce risk. There are numerous methods to use social distancing. Some people will do it willingly. Others may not adhere to the rules and might ignore them. This exposes everyone to risk in public spaces such as workplaces, shops, and other public spaces.

Certain segments of the population are more at risk of severe disease, some are likely to receive vaccinations against illness, and various activities may benefit from different social distancing guidelines. In this regard, systems and equipment which aid in maintaining social distancing need to be flexible enough to account for different factors and allow for trade-offs between risk and a desire to engage in in-person interactions for different kinds of activities.


FIG. Figure. 2 is an illustration of a range of distances for the SDAD system.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of examples of SDAD alarms that trigger.

The invention assists in maintaining social distancing while allowing for greater flexibility and lets you make compromises between risk and a desire for in-person interaction to engage in various activities. Embodiments of the invention include a social distancing alarm device(SDAD) that is capable of triggering an alarm whenever a SDAD user is within a particular distance of another, object, or location. Embodiments may use one or more variable distance thresholds based on a variety of factors including social distancingguidelines, health status, activity engaged in, risk level, vaccination status, and other factors. Embodiments could include the storage and processing of information about interactions relating to interactions between a SDAD user and people objects, places, or even people. Additional aspects of the invention can be discussed in the accompanying claims, drawings and description.

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