When you’re stuck in COVID-19 quarantine, only being able to see your loved ones through a digital screen can be mentally taxing.
After all, as human beings, we crave physical touch with people that mean a lot to us.
This had always been the case for 97-year-old French woman Colette Dupas, who could only interact with her loved ones via video call and through a window in her care home in France.
But now isolation isn’t so bad, thanks to a newly-built COVID ‘hug bubble’, which allows Dupas to literally hug her family.
Made up of an inflatable tunnel and two plastic sleeves, residents at the care home can physically interact with their visiting loved ones in person, without the fear of COVID-19 transmission.
All that separates the two sides is a hermetic plastic seal with two arm sleeves built in.
And when Dupas’ family came to visit on December 4, 2020, she could finally embrace her two daughters.
The way it works is rather simple – a resident at the care home enters from one end of the tunnel, while visitors enter from the other side.
Marie-Paule Dronsart and Marie-Joseph Marchant, Dupas’ daughters, each put one arm through a sleeve and patted their mother’s shoulders as they stroked her white hair.
One can only imagine how great that feels, especially after months of strict COVID-19 isolation.
According to Stephanie Loiseau, a nursing assistant at the care home, the ‘hug bubble’ has brought immense comfort to both the residents and their visitors.
After each visitation, the plastic seal is disinfected and cleaned for the next visitor.
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Cover image sourced from Reuters.
ที่มา : Mashable