With the spread of coronavirus, health officials and organizations are urging the public to practice social distancing. Unlike forced quarantine, social distancing is a voluntary behavior in which people stay home, avoid crowds, and avoid close contact and/or touching one another.
Though social distancing may be confusing, inconvenient, and even scary at first, it may be our best bet at combating the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few dos and don’ts to consider as you hunker down as part of the fight against coronavirus.
DO Support Local Business – While it is best to avoid public places, there are still ways you can support local businesses in your area. For example, most restaurants are offering delivery and curb-side pickup options. This means you can still enjoy your favorite meals while still avoiding unnecessary contact and/or exposure. As for retail businesses, consider online orders. Small businesses are having an especially hard time dealing with the effects of coronavirus, so any and all purchases are appreciated.
DON’T Use Public Transportation – If possible, it is recommended that you avoid using public transportation. Most subway cars and buses are crowded, poorly ventilated, and result in an increased risk of coronavirus infection. If you must use public transportation (i.e. to get to work), carry disinfecting wipes any surfaces you will be in contact with. Thoroughly wash your hands as soon as possible following your commute.
DO Exercise – While it’s not a good idea to go to the gym, you should definitely continue to exercise outdoors or in your home. Going on a secluded run, walk, or bike ride can be a great way to relieve some of the stress of dealing with the pandemic. If you are more comfortable working out in your home, download some exercise videos or apps – many trainers are offering free content to help people stay healthy and fit during the pandemic.
DON’T Have Friends and Family Over – While it may be tempting to invite over some friends and family to pass the time, it is recommended that you keep visitors to a minimum. Only have people over if it is absolutely essential (i.e. you have to go to work and a relative is going to watch you kids).
DO Keep in Touch – Just because you can’t have people over, that doesn’t mean you have to become a recluse. Technology allows us excellent opportunities to interact and communicate with our friends and loved ones. From phone calls, to texting, to video chatting, there are a number of ways to remain in contact with family and friends. Similarly, companies have begun to integrate social distancing into their platforms. Netflix, for example, now has a free Chrome extension called Netflix Party which sets up a chat room and synchronizes the video of anyone joining you (remotely) for your movie night.
DON’T Assume No Symptoms Means Not Infection – It is important to remember that not all those with coronavirus will show symptoms. Asymptomatic transmission is one of the reasons social distancing is so important. Do not ignore calls for social distancing just because you believe you are virus free or at a decreased risk of infection.
DO Work From Home – If possible, try to work from home. Workplaces are common sources of disease transmission and if your work can be completed from home, why take the risk?
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