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How to Practice Social Distancing

Posted by Lake Health on Mar 23, 2020 2:29:42 PM


Social distancing means keeping extra space between yourself and others and can be a simple way to help prevent the spread of illness. 

Think about all the people you come into contact with each day - consider work, school, visits with friends, trips to the grocery store, social gatherings - it all adds up to lots of points of contact. When you come in close contact with someone, you risk spreading illness to them or being exposed to an illness yourself. Connecting with others is vital for our mental health and well-being, so be mindful to stay connected using technology and make thoughtful decisions about who you come into close contact with in person. 

The basics of social distancing

To practice social distance, whenever possible:

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  • Keep six feet between you and others
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  • Avoid crowded public spaces whenever possible

Social Distancing Tips

Social distancing may feel isolating, challenging and inconvenient, but it's important to remember it can save lives by slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Social Distancing Icon of practicing fitness on tv Stream or watch fitness videos at home to enjoy a good workout without close contact with others. 
Social Distancing Icon of watching movies at home Create your own movie night at home with your family with healthier popcorn and snack options rather than going to theaters. 
Social Distancing Icon of take out foods Use curbside pick-up or delivery options while restaurants are closed. Or, take time to create meals together at home. 
Social Distancing Icon of staying in touch by calling others Stay connected with loved ones through phone calls or video chats when possible, rather than face-to-face visits.
Social Distancing Icon of shopping at less busy times Do your grocery shopping at less busy times, try curbside ordering options or consider grocery delivery.
Social Distancing Icon of using social media to stay connected Instead of an in-person playdate for the kids, try hosting a readalong over video chat or over the phone, arranging video chats between friends or sharing fitness challenges with other families to try at home. 
Social Distancing Icon of avoiding travel Avoid non-essential travel and reschedule trips. 
Social Distancing Icon of bowing and waving When greeting people, forgo the handshake or hug. It can be hard to override this instinct, but aim for contact-less "hellos" by waving, bowing or gesturing. 
Social Distancing Icon of walking outside Take a walk outside instead of walking around your local recreation center or mall.

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Use technology to host group meetings rather than meeting in person.

 

Topics: COVID-19