What is social distancing?
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, health experts and the government have asked the public to practice social distancing. What does that mean?
- Stay home as much as possible
- Avoid crowds
- Refrain from touching one another
Many restaurants, churches, movie theaters and other businesses have already started closing. Yes, you can still go to the grocery store or doctor’s office, but right now, staying home as much as possible is the best way to lower infection rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you do go out, avoid gathering in large groups and wash your hands frequently.
If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough or shortness of breath – stay home. You can see a doctor through our virtual healthcare platform, Smart Care 24/7. Learn more here.
If you have an appointment already scheduled with your doctor and aren’t feeling well, please call your doctor’s office ahead of time.
Social distancing may sound lonely but there are things you can do during this unprecedented time:
- Going outside is still OK, as long as you distance yourself from others. Play in the backyard or visit a large park. However, you will want to avoid playgrounds where germs are likely present.
- Video chat with family and friends, especially those over 60 years old.
- Ordering delivery or take out not only frees you up from cooking, but it also supports restaurants and workers that have had to cut back due to COVID-19. There’s no evidence that the virus can live in food, according to the CDC. If you get delivery, ask the driver to leave your order on the doorstep and disinfect the containers and your hands afterwards.
- Most gyms are closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. There are numerous things you can do from taking a walk around the neighborhood to practicing yoga to following a work video on YouTube.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how long health experts and the government are going to recommend social distancing. Just remember to stay patient and healthy.