Social distancing is an attempt to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19). Countries, states, and cities globally have implemented various restrictions on social distancing and have encouraged people to stay at home to help curb the spread of the virus.
The rules may vary in different areas, so you need to know the social distancing rules where you live.
Social Distancing in Australia
On March 29, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP has released an update on social distancing measures to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. There would be the highest priority placed on further social isolation measures and strict and rapid contact tracing of individuals. The National Cabinet also reiterated the practice of good hygiene and keeping a healthy physical distance to Combat COVID-19.
Currently, we are practising a social distance of 1.5 meters from other people and no gathering of more than ten people in one place.
Social Distancing – Do’s and Don’ts
We can all help stop the spread of the virus. The more distance between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to transmit. Here are several dos and don’ts of social distancing.
Social distancing – Do’s
- Participate in Virtual Activities
Keep a daily virtual routine and participate in virtual workout classes, book clubs, or streaming activities of your choice.
- Facetime your Family and Friends
Maintaining social connections is extremely important during this time where everyone is anxious and worried. There are other ways that you can do that using digital means. Communicate and stay in touch with your friend’s neighbours and relatives using facetime and other video applications.
- Order Takeout and Delivery
Most bars and restaurants are closed to the public but delivery and take out are usually available. Support local businesses near you and order a delivery for dinner. Many food delivery apps, such as Uber eats, offer contactless delivery, meaning a zero contact policy during delivery.
Social distancing – Don’ts
- Take Public Transportation
It is a DON’T, but there are instances where some people can’t work at home or have essentials delivered at their house and have to take subways or buses. When doing so, try to stand away from other people as far as possible. Wear facial masks and take safety precautions before and after the ride.
- Social Gatherings
Now is the time to cancel get-togethers, including dating, family visits, and house parties. These gatherings should all be postponed or held virtually if possible.
- Non-essential appointments
Road travel and all other activities should be reserved for essentials (grocery shopping, medical appointments, and such). Your hair, nails, and other non-essential appointments can wait until restrictions are lifted.
Social distancing is slowing the spread of the virus and allowing our health care system to cope. By following set restrictions, we are also buying time for our researchers and scientists to develop new tools for rapid detection, as well as treatments (such as vaccines).
For now, we can take the best care of ourselves and learn new skills that will help us do it.
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