Social Distancing is Solidarity
This post is part of our Health Centered Digital Edition for Fall 2020. Read the other entries in the series here.
It is almost hard to believe that March, April, May, June, and July have already past. As we enter mid-August and continue to implement necessary precautions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), we know that adjusting to all of these changes in our society can cause fatigue and burnout. We all appreciate everyone who dedicates the time to remain as hygienic as possible. In addition to having proper hand washing and coughing hygiene, it is imperative that we continue to practice social distancing.
Social distancing means that we limit our contact with public spaces to a minimum, try to stay home as much as we can, and make sure that we keep a distance of six feet from others when in public. Even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms, you are still able to transmit COVID-19 to others. Droplets in our breath can easily spread the virus to loved ones and strangers alike. Although keeping a safe distance from others is inconvenient, there is no proven way to be in proximity to others until there is a vaccine. Social distancing remains an important tactic in slowing the spread of COVID-19 for keeping ourselves and other people safe.
Many people have been social distancing for months, which can take a toll. Social distancing isn’t an action you take by yourself, for yourself. It is an act of social solidarity. It means that we try to stay healthy as a community. There are many ways we can still stay connected at a time where we feel more vulnerable. We can call, text, video call, even sing together from our windows. We can still share memes, quotes, songs, and anything that we find uplifting or funny. We can walk outside and enjoy the nice day, we can take our significant other on a picnic, we can go to the beach with a couple of friends, safely. If you choose to go outside or meet a friend, make sure you wear a mask and maintain your distance of six feet.