What’s social distancing?
In the times of Coronavirus, you must be hearing one phrase a bit too often — social distancing. It’s vouched to keep you safe from getting affected. But what is it? Let’s find out.
It simply means no contact with others. That also means no mass gatherings or any other meet-ups in places where people may gather. If you absolutely must be out in public, maintain a six-foot radius of personal space. And yes, this includes sleepovers, group activities and indoor sporting events as well.
How does it help?
We all know now that Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic. It transmits from person to person. Which means if one person has it, another person staying physically close to him too may get it. Social distancing helps prevent the spread of the virus. In case you’re not well, stay home and don’t make contact. But even if you’re well, it’s better to stay home and not make physical contacts with people as you may not know who is carrying the Covid 19 virus. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?
Difference between social distancing, isolation and quarantine
Social distancing, isolation, and quarantine are all different practices based on the situation. Quarantine or self-quarantine is when someone who is well, but suspects they’ve come in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus, chooses to separate themselves from others for a period of time. This gives them a chance to monitor any potential symptoms or illness that can develop if they’ve been exposed.
Isolation is when someone totally isolates themselves from any contact with others — this can happen at a hospital or at home if the person is relatively healthy enough to fight the virus.
Quarantine is for people who are sick or present multiple symptoms in line with the coronavirus, and a doctor has instructed them to self-isolate.
But have fun
All this isolation talk doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. You can definitely meet people online. This is the best time to be with yourself. Listen to your favourite songs, watch the movies and series lying in your ‘wish list’, and yes be with your best friend: The books.
And yes, most important instruction: Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds and maintain personal hygiene. Stay safe.