We’ve all heard about Social Distancing and the directive to stay home if we can. But what is it all about? What is the point and how does it work? If those are questions you have then this is for you. If those are not, then read on anyway, there’s some fun and interesting stuff in here.
Let’s start with the basics; Social Distancing is a crucially important public health intervention that can help stop virus transmission by having people avoid large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, church services, and mass transit. The best way to practice it means staying at least six-feet away from others.
Here’s a fun message from Max & Mel Brooks on the subject, from Max Brooks’ Twitter feed.
But is that really all there is to it? Pretty much. However, the reason for it might still seem vague. How does it stop virus transmission? That is a bit more complicated, essentially everyone who is contaminated with the virus has a chance of passing it off to anyone they spend time in close quarters with. Then those people could do the same, and so on, and so on.
Many won’t even know they are contaminated, as they won’t experience any symptoms, and that’s the most dangerous part of the COVID-19 Coronavirus; it’s sneaky transmission.
If you’d like to know more about how Social Distancing prevents spread then this Vox Video on Youtube will likely be useful.
This does not mean you need to always stay at home, and avoid any contact with another human being! Though it also doesn’t mean going out wearing a large cardboard ring like one Italian man did.
You are still encouraged to interact, but mostly through social media, text messages, and phone calls. Some companies are even encouraging telecommuting employees to contact each other if they would ordinarily run into each other in the halls. Just as a way to keep in touch.
Imagine how surprised someone you haven’t spoken to outside of work or Instagram might be to get a text or call from you!
And if face to face is important to an interaction then there are ways to do that too; take for example this young woman who wanted to share her engagement with her grandfather.
Or this story which has been going around Facebook of a son who wanted to hang out with his father, so they got clever about it.
There are also ways to spend time with the family that you live with, such as going for walks on our beautiful paths, or for a drive in the country, and there’s more… but we will save that for another post.
It can be difficult to maintain Social Distancing, we are social creatures after all, but it is important to the safety of those we love. Please. do what you can to keep your own distance, and find fun, clever, and caring ways to share this message with others. And if you can’t come up with your own? Then share this one!