The coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate around the world. Currently, many countries have taken steps to contain the outbreak such as closing schools, places of worship, public places, or even putting their countries under lockdown. Governments have urged the public to keep safe distance in a bid to halt the pandemic.
During this uncertain time, our best effort is to keep ourselves and other people safe. Luckily, each of us can play a role to slow down the spread of coronavirus. How can we do that? This is where social distancing plays a part. Now, let’s look at what social distancing is 🙂
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is the practice to maintain a distance between you and other people for at least 2 meters (6 feet). This strategy has been proven effective in 1918 when there was a Spanish flu pandemic and in 2009 at the time of flu pandemic in Mexico City. It has saved thousands of lives.
Basically, the aim is to minimize contact with people so we can slow down the spread of contagious disease. This also means that in the meantime, you should stop going to crowded places, t-mates.
Why is social distancing important?
Social distancing is the best practice to do at times like this. A person can get COVID-19 through respiratory droplets. When someone sneezes or coughs, the droplets from their nose or mouth may contain virus. If these droplets land in other people’s mouths or noses, it can be possibly inhaled into their lungs.
So, this is the reason why social distancing is important. Always remember to not touch your mouths or nose when you are going out! Well, if this sounds hard for you, the better option to stay at home.
Probably, there are still many questions that come across your mind.
I’m very healthy. Is it OK to go to restaurants, bars or watch movies?
Can I take my kids to play at the park?
Can I go outside at all?
The short answer is: social distancing doesn’t mean that you need to remain indoors at all times. It means that you should avoid being in close contact with other people. When you decide to leave home, make sure to wash your hands frequently and do other things necessary to keep yourself healthy. Don’t forget to go outdoors, breathe some fresh air and exercise!
Here are some do’s and don’ts of social distancing:
1. Work from Home
Many companies have now asked their employees to work from home amid this difficult situation. This is one of the measures that we can do to avoid this highly contagious virus! Despite the privilege of being able to work from home, you should remember that working from bed is not a vacation. You need to stay productive, t-mates. Make sure you take a shower and dress properly so you can start the day with the spirit to get your tasks done 😉
What if your employers haven’t asked you to work from home? As we have explained above, if you really have to go out, make sure to be extra cautious of your own health.
2. Avoid social gathering
Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Now is not a good time to be present in any kind of social gatherings such as drinking at bars, restaurants or food courts. Use pickup, drive-thru or delivery options whenever possible.
If it is necessary for you to buy food outside of your house, avoid crowded areas and stay at least 2 meters away from other shoppers.
3. Maintain safe distance at public transportation
Everywhere around the world, social distancing is a challenge in the public transportation sector. Public transportation like buses, trains or ferries are usually packed with people. It is the role of the government to limit the exposure between passengers.
As a citizen, however, you can also do your part. Maintain safe distance whenever you are waiting for a public transport. It is better to use your own private transportation such as a car or a motorcycle.
1. Ignore coronavirus advisories
Currently in many countries there are policies that require people with COVID-19 symptoms to be quarantined in the hospitals after traveling from other countries. For people with no symptoms, usually the government also requires them to self-quarantine.
Please cooperate. Self isolation is important to protect you, your loved ones as well as other people. The main goal here so that people would not transmit the virus to others. Don’t share a bathroom or food with others. Be considerate to other people.
2. Ignore the guidance from public health officials
Accessibility of information regarding coronavirus is very important. You will know where to seek medical care in your area and take action when you need it. Pay attention to the information about this virus and how the government is planning to take control of it.
If you feel like you have any symptoms, contact the medical care as soon as possible!
Stay healthy, t-mates!