How to Manage Social Distancing



How to Manage Social Distancing

Kelsey Hergott |

It’s officially (spring) quarantine. Everything fun and non-essential is closed or suspended indefinitely and social events are a big no-go because it’s vital to everybody that we work together to limit the spread of CoVid-19 and get the country back on track. 


The public health practice of social distancing helps limit transmission of communicable diseases and it’s the recommended course of action by governments across the world. Some people don’t feel it necessary and continue life as usual without any regard to the art and science of making sure Canada’s curve is flat as possible. The Washington Post created four really cool simulators that show exactly how “flattening the curve” works to prevent public spread of the virus, and as a result inhibits overtaxing hospitals, medical resources, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Italy is dealing with a public health emergency as well as a health care system that can’t handle the influx of critical cases and there have been heartbreaking results because of it.  


While China and South Korea have experienced great results and are now seemingly set on the path to recovery due to social distancing and isolation, it can really be tough and has a negative impact on everyday quality of life for many people. 


There are some tips and tricks to a successful and socially responsible quarantine. 


Memorize the ABCs of social distancing. 

You’ll still have to go to the drug store, gas station and grocery store. It’s inevitable. Most of us don’t even have room to store two weeks worth of food for multiple people. When you go to the store, do your best to stay at least six feet away from other people. If you go for takeout, walks, runs, outside workouts or use public transportation, don’t use playgrounds for resistance, public bathrooms, TTC payment machines or touch counters. Coronavirus can live on plastic and metal for up to three days. Playgrounds and the dog park bathroom at Trinity Bellwoods aren't getting cleaned regularly. 


A good rule of thumb: If you haven’t already been in contact with someone over the last couple days or they don’t live in your household, it’s best not to come into contact with them until we get the go ahead from public health officials to do so. 



Begin a Virtual Life. 


Social distancing has resulted in most of us working from home. While it’s nice to work on the coach in sweats, it’s extremely isolating, can be lonely and it is unbelievably boring. It’s very important to remember to be aware of your mental health and sanity and to continue to meet all of your own needs. Avoid forming a routine of work, Netflix, takeout, sleep, repeat. 


Example of what not to do (it’s so easy to fall into this!)


Tons of gyms, studios and fitness centres are offering virtual workout, yoga and mediation sessions. A quick lunchtime meditation can do wonders for focus, anxiety, clarity and boredom. 


In terms of staying connected virtually, Most major phone carriers are offering free long distance calling so you have no excuse not to connect with friends and family, even the family members Aunt Karen who can’t master Face Time. 


Create a Great-at Home Workspace. 


After a few days, you’ll probably get sick of working from the bed or couch, or at least your back will have had more than enough. Creating an at-home workspace where you can work without distraction is essential to success. This probably means moving to a converted kitchen table. However, it’s still hard to concentrate on work when there’s dirty dishes or mess on the counters or you have to move around to plug in a laptop or cell phone. Grab an extension cord, all your chargers and create an office like environment. 


Buy Responsibly 


A lot of local businesses are bleeding right now. It’s very important to support them as best as possible. If you can go to a locally owned shop for groceries instead of a corporate chain store, it can mean all the difference in the world for the owner, who is probably facing a scary financial outlook. 


The second part of buying responsibly is to not buy more than you need, especially when it comes to masks, baby and cleaning supplies. It’s just as important that other people use soap and hand sanitizer as you yourself do so avoid clearing shelves and stockpiling. Only take what you need.


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