As the coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) spreads into local communities, public health officials are beginning to place more and more social distancing measures into effect. Many public spaces are being temporarily closed down, including community centres, libraries, parks, and movie theatres. In some communities, even non-essential workplaces and services have been closed all in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
People are also being asked to practice social distancing in their daily lives. But what exactly does that entail? Here are five tips you can use to make sure that you’re doing it right.
1. Avoid Social Gatherings
It’s highly recommended that you stay away from large groups, even if it’s only made up of as few as five people. This includes:
- Meeting with family and friends
- Attending events
- Gathering at parks or in public spaces (ignoring closures)
- Gathering at places of worship
2. Only Shop for the Essentials
If you do need to go out to shop, then it’s important that you are doing so for good reason. That means only shopping for essentials like food and toiletries. This way you will reduce your time spent outdoors and around other people.
3. Keep 6 Feet or 2 Meters Apart
When you go out to do your essential shopping, make sure that you are keeping at least six feet or two meters distance between you and other people. This is about the length of an adult human body.
4. Shop Online Instead
Do you really have to go out to do your shopping? Consider instead using online websites like Amazon to get things delivered to you. Companies like Walmart even provide online grocery shopping and delivery so that you can get all your essentials and more.
The additional fees you need to pay are definitely worth it for the convenience and the additional safety.
5. Practice Good Hygiene
Even if you don’t go out, it’s a good idea to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Take a look at this video to see what the proper hand-washing technique is.
You should be washing your hands:
- Before and after preparing food;
- Before and after eating;
- After using the toilet;
- After coughing/sneezing into a tissue or into your hands;
- Before and after using a surgical/procedure mask and after removing gloves;
- After handling body fluid-contaminated waste or laundry;
- Whenever hands look dirty.
You can also use hand sanitizers with alcoholic solutions, gels, or tissues, though you’ll likely want to limit the use of these products to when you are out, as they can be hard to find due to hoarding.
Take It Seriously
The best thing you can do is take the situation seriously and listen to the advice set by your local government. Staying inside is the best way to save a life.