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But Barriers Degrade

               100% perfect physical separation will stop all infections, but things degrade this perfection, so we have
               government guidance (or “controls”) to try and minimise the holes developing in the barriers. If the
               controls work perfectly then the barrier will continue to work.

               So the Self Isolation barrier, which physically separates me from infected people can fail due to two
               main degradation factors:

               PPE (masks and screens) as an effective barrier can degrade due to unavailability, people not knowing
               how to use them, etc. but this would probably need its own bow tie.
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