Emotional moment retiree hugs her grandson, 29, for the first time in months with £ 70 ‘cuddle curtain’ he invented with shower protection and plastic sleeves
- Antony Cauvin, from Stratford-upon-Avon, hadn’t hugged gran in over two months
- His invention is a transparent shower curtain with four long safety sleeves
- As he cuddled, he wobbled back and forth; “I designed them just for you,” said Mr. Cauvin, who first tested him on his wife Miriam
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A plasterer came up with a new way to hug his grandma while adhering to social distance measures – by adding plastic covers to a shower curtain to create a ‘cuddle curtain’.
Heartwarming images show Antony Cauvin, 29, of Stratford-upon-Avon, standing in the garden of his older relatives after a surprise visit last Friday.
Mr. Cauvin, who wanted to give his grandma a hug after two and a half months they had spent separately during the coronavirus lock, beckoned her to his device.
He made it by taking a see-through shower curtain and fitting it with long safety sleeves on each side – so two people could stand on either side without skin-to-skin or breathing contact.
Plasterer Antony Cauvin, 29, of Stratford-upon-Avon, made a surprising visit to the garden of his elderly relatives last Friday. He brought his invention with him so that he could hug his grandmother
Footage shows Mr. Cauvin, wanting to hug his grandma after two and a half months spent apart during the coronavirus lock, beckoning her to his “ cuddle curtain ” thing
Mr. Cauvin then tells her to put her arms through the bottom sleeves, going through the top as they prepare to cuddle
In the video, he tells her, “You have to put your arms through the bottom, okay? My arms go through the top one. ‘
The two thus embrace each other. As his gran twists and laughs with joy, Mr. Cauvin exclaims, “How wonderful is this? I designed them only with you in mind. ‘
The images, which he posted on his Facebook page, have been viewed more than 4.2 million times so far.
Mr. Cauvin tested his “cuddle curtain” on his wife, Miriam, 27, before taking it to his grandparents’ house.
He constructed the £ 70 device from a shower curtain and sleeves to keep plaster casts from getting wet.
‘My family is very close and my nan is the matriarch of our family. She has three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, ” Cauvin told T.he sun.
As his gran twists and laughs with joy, Mr. Cauvin exclaims, “How wonderful is this? I only designed them with you in mind ‘
For safety reasons, the curtain is disinfected after each use.
The video comes as the latest US figures show that levels of anxiety doubled during the lockdown – fueled by the over-70s who are no longer happier than the younger generation.
However, scientists have pushed for the most vulnerable to remain protected, and suggested that an approach called “segmentation and foreclosure” would be most beneficial in bringing the nation back to normality.
Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and London modeled what can happen with infection rates under different scenarios and concluded that the best approach in the eyes of these researchers would be a ‘two-pronged’ approach.
It would strengthen the protection of the most vulnerable in society – including all over-70s – and provide them with additional protection while easing measures for all others.
Meanwhile, Baroness Ros Altmann, 64, said earlier this month that many healthy over-70s are at risk of going to jail instead of continuing to isolate if younger generations don’t.
The campaigner said using age-based criteria to lift restrictions would send a signal that older people’s lives “don’t count in the same way as others.”
Mr. Cauvin made the £ 70 device from a shower curtain and sleeves meant to keep plaster casts from getting wet