COVID-19, Social & Physical Distancing & Self Care

Social Distancing

 What is Social Distancing? When is it necessary to avoid people? The World Health Organization (WHO) published new guidance for countries and health authorities on managing the risks associated with the novel coronavirus. This blog post will provide you with an overview of this new guidance.

  • What is Social Distancing?

Social Distancing is a theory that proposes that in times of uncertainty, people try to minimize their risk by reducing their interactions with other people. It’s a way to reduce the chances of being associated with a person who is directly or indirectly connected to the virus. 

For the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing can help us survive without compromising our health. The issue is that social distancing might not help us at all, especially during the dark days when we can’t attend funerals or any other family function. When did we stop getting our news from people? What segments of society can we monetize for more views?

How broke are we that we have to gamble with our health to survive and provide for our families? Maybe an introvert can provide a balanced view of this social media trend that people are overdosing on. It is certainly true that in times of great social or cultural upheaval our first instinct is to try to control other people and react in a knee-jerk manner.

  • Why Is Social Distancing Needed?

The flu, a highly contagious airborne form of COVID-19, may spread fast and easily amongst persons in close quarters. When a person coughs or sneezes, or speaks, droplets are released into the air, which might spread the virus. Inhaling these droplets into the lungs is also possible.

Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have you had any symptoms that fit the description? It is critical to remain at home until it is safe to be around others.

Anyone can obtain and spread the virus. COVID-19. To safeguard themselves, their families, and their communities, everyone must take precautions. Keeping a safe distance from others will help you prevent becoming infected with the virus.

  • How Does Social Distancing Prevent The Spread Of Infections?

Social distancing is an important factor in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. This is because it prevents people from being in close contact with someone who is infected. Social distancing also helps prevent the spread of diseases because it prevents people from touching objects that have been contaminated by an infected person. 

The new guidelines suggest that you should not be close to people unless you can do it safely and without fear of transmission.
This means, for example, that you need to socially distance yourself if you do not feel well or if you have symptoms that are indicating a cold or flu. You could be a carrier or have an infection with the coronavirus. Social distancing can predict the presence of the coronavirus in the community. However, it does not always protect people like you so it is worth taking protective measures. 

As a general rule, you should avoid holidays with large gatherings, travel for business and work, shopping in large retail centers, group gatherings with strangers, a potential encounter with a sick person, and anyone returning from a vacation. Typically, social distancing has been the norm for many countries worldwide.
However, it has not been so for many countries caused by the pandemic. For instance, which countries are not following the global rule of social distancing? Countries on the Red Sea are not following the WHO guidance and have not implemented the “do not socialize” rule because anyone can be considered a “spreader”. Thus, many travelers, especially from the Middle East, will continue traveling and socializing with people from the Middle East. 

  • Which groups and people need to be socially distanced from others?

Known friends and family: If you know someone who is sick or is at risk of getting sick, it is important for both of you to try and prevent the further spread of the virus. Obviously, if you say “no” to everyone who has a friend who is sick, some of your “no” is going to be “yes” to people who are at risk of getting sick. Otherwise, seek social distancing to help prevent additional spread. If you have any questions about the social distancing guidelines, do not hesitate to head on to the official websites of WHO or CDC. 

A brief history back before the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO published a paper stating that just the mere physical transmission of COVID-19 would be considered socially distancing and would not trigger a need for social distancing. Most recently, this guidance has been revised to include “simulated showering,” which is also referred to as “touching someone’s face, skin, or hair” and “being near someone who sneezes or coughs. 

The CDC has put out similar guidance for people who work in enclosed spaces. Now, social distancing is even more important during the pandemic. Although transmission of COVID-19 can happen anytime, the danger particularly increases when people are in situations of high common-place contact, like in a hospital. In February, CMS issued guidance to healthcare providers on social distancing requirements during the pandemic. We are here to help! Just reach out to us, and we will be happy to assist you as best as we can.

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