16/03/20204 min read

How To Practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic

Not everyone can work from home or cease travelling. Here’s what you can do when circumstance forces you to be out and about during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

In theory, never leaving home during the coronavirus pandemic is the most effective means of prevention. It reduces your chances of infection and quickly contains the disease’s spread. A recent study in China where the pandemic began, distancing is even better than widespread travel bans or restrictions. 

In Practice, however, it’s not always possible to hole up. Your circumstances may not afford you the luxury of working from home or avoiding public transit. And sometimes life happens and you just need to get on a plane. 

The good news is that tamping down the coronavirus isn’t an all-or-nothing game. There are still many ways you can practice responsible social distancing even when you have to be out and about in the world. In addition to the basics, do not touch your face and your wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, here are some other tips collected from half a dozen experts, to follow in different areas of your life. 

But mainly, don’t stress too much. It is equally important to keep some sense of sanity. Your mental health and well-being affect your immune system, do what you can to develop habits you can stick to but do not panic if you can’t do everything. 

Here is what you should do when you 

Are Taking A Public Transport

If you can’t drive or walk where you need to go, consider commuting by public transit during off-peak hours. Spreading out commute times, even by a small amount, can help reduce transmission risk from overcrowded MRTs and buses, Avoid surfaces. 

Are Working Out

Opt for in-home or outside exercises. Reducing regular exercise can be challenging for mental health, especially during high-stress times such as this one. So consider developing routines that avoid the gym. Gyms are breeding grounds for many types of germs, which could weaken your immune system, but the heavy breathing and confined spaces also heighten the risk of coronavirus spread. Jog outside; do yoga in your bedroom; find in-home, equipment-free alternatives.

Avoid peak hours. If you do need to go to the gym, try to shift your workout schedule. 

 Avoid high-contact equipment. Also avoid gym equipment that requires long periods of handling, like weights, and opt for things that don’t, like treadmills. Disinfect the equipment before and after use, and don’t wipe the sweat from your face with your hands during your workout.

Shower immediately after. A generally good rule regardless, but particularly important for disinfecting your body. You want to minimize the time you spend with potential contaminants on your clothes and skin.

You Have Kids

Don’t exaggerate or panic. Explain coronavirus in an age-appropriate manner, Don’t freak out if your kid coughs or dwell for hours on coronavirus coverage. Your kids want to feel secure.

Demonstrate good habits. Teach kids how to cough and sneeze into the crook of their arm and thoroughly wash their face and hands.

Use technology creatively: give them permission to FaceTime or play video games with friends. Online social activities can help maintain and foster friendships. You can also opt for no-tech solutions like board games and crafts with the family. If you do end up hosting a playdate, keep the group small, make sure the other kids are not sick.

Need Food

Try to get it delivered. Always opt for grocery or restaurants like Redmart or FoodPanda or GrabFood on your mobile app. This will help reduce the flow of people circulating in-store and the chance of community spread. When the food arrives, wait for the delivery person to leave before you pick the package up. Mainly now, the delivery apps give you this option or you can specify them on the instructions. This will also help minimize the delivery workers’ from exposure to potential germs.