Social Distancing!

Social distancing is being used very often all over the world since the emergence of this COVID-19 pandemic. So what is social distancing? Is it applicable to everyone or only some persons?

Social distancing is the deliberate action of creating a physical space between you and another person, whether it is your family, friend, coworker or merely someone you see on the street. The World Health Organization recommends a distance of 1 meter or 3 feet between you and someone who is coughing or sneezing. Many are taking this simple action for granted but it is paramount to adhere to this advice to control the spread of the virus . WHY?

COVID-19 is spread from person to person via droplets that is coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by someone who is infected with the disease. Once you would have inhaled the droplets that are infected with the virus you too can become sick and spread the virus to many others even when you are not showing signs and symptoms of the disease.

Anyone can catch this disease despite your ethnic group, religion, age and location in the world. Therefore, if you know you are sick you should stay at home and once you leave the house wear a mask to protect others from the virus especially the elderly population who seem to be more susceptible to this disease. In my homeland, the business institutions and supermarkets are trying to promote social distancing by only allowing a few persons into the building at a time but then those waiting to enter the building are congregating outside in clusters with no mask, socializing and having a merry time. It is very appalling but the sad reality that we are facing due to lack of perception of severity.

It is important to be safe and to protect the people around us. Maintain social distancing as much as you can and at all times. Forget about visiting your neighbor for movie night, forget about beer night with the boys, forget about visiting grandma and grandpa for now and forget about greeting others by hugging and kissing. The beautiful thing about this is the fact that technology still allows us to connect with our friends and family all over the world.