COVID-19 otherwise known as the Coronavirus is a global pandemic that has swept the world by storm. To date, there have 9,360 known cases, 153 deaths. and numbers expected to grow in the United States. While these are staggering numbers, what hasn't really been televised are the cases of recovery (108 to date if you're wondering). I know what you're wondering, "how long is this going to last and what can I do to ensure my health"?. Well, the answer is simple. Social distancing.
So what exactly is social distancing and why do you need to do it?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds. (https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/). Essentially, it's using common sense practices to make sure that you limit the exposure of this virus whether you have it or not. It's why the federal and local government, news media, and businesses expressing and implementing shutdowns.
The bottom line here is we have to be smart.
How we socially interact and the things that we do day-to-day have abruptly stopped. You’re scared, I’m scared. But we have to stay positive. We have to be strong. Don't go out unless you have to. Don't be around crowds of more than 50 or more people. When out, try to distance yourself as much as you can, if you feel like you're getting sick...STAY INSIDE. This isn’t just for your benefit, it’s for people with highly comprised immune systems. People like my mother, suffering from COPD. Or my father, who needs dialysis 3x a week and has a pacemaker and mechanical mitral heart valve. Take this time during social distancing to rediscover yourself. Pick up a book, listen to a new album, watch a new movie, find a new hobby.
Simply put, be smart. Use your best commonsense. ❤️