Social Distancing in the Midst of COVID-19 Outbreak

By: Lily Hwang

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to practice Social Distancing. What exactly does Social Distancing mean and how do we practice it? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing.

What is Social Distancing?

Social Distancing is the act of limiting one’s close contact with others to prevent and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. According to CDC, COVID-19 is known to spread through direct person-to-person contact. In order to prevent the spread of this disease, it is recommended to maintain at least 6 feet distance from other people at all times.

Do’s

    ●        Stay home if you are feeling sick

        Go visit a park or take a walk while maintaining a safe distance from other people

        Conduct group video chat to keep in touch with close friends and family

        Keep a daily routine/schedule

        Go for a drive nearby without getting out of your vehicle

        Check on close friends and family members via text or audio call

        Work remotely from home

        Shop for groceries during less busy hours, if necessary

        Plan a Family Game/Movie Night

        Catch up on reading some of your favorite books

        Find fun activities to do at home with your children

 

Don’ts

    ●        Attend social gatherings

        Visit crowded malls or retail stores

        Go to work unless necessary

        Set up playdates for your children

        Make non-essential appointments (doctors ex. routine check-ups, hair, nails, etc.)

        Invite visitors to your house

 

Use Caution (if you must…)

    ●        Visit local restaurants to order food

        Use public transportation

        Pick up medication at local pharmacies

        Attend religious services

        Visit grandparents or elderly family members

 

In difficult and unusual times like this, it is crucial to keep a positive mindset. Rather than focusing on the negatives of COVID-19, try to remain calm and remind yourself of all the things you can do to spend this time productively. Also, remember, for the safety of your community, let’s be proactive and practice social distancing at all times. If we all work together, we’ll manage to ride out the storm!

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