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Social Distancing- Do I really have to do it?

Social Distancing- Do I really have to do it?


Social distancing is an important step in decreasing the speed that COVID-19 is being spread. Find out why social distancing is so important and ways that you can still have fun while distancing yourself from others.

Do I really have to do it?

The answer is yes.  Be like Nike, Just Do It!

I have had many of my younger friends ask me if they actually have to practice social distancing.  In my opinion, this is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to help to decrease the spread of COVID-19.  Or in other words, flatten the curve.  I am not as worried about my peer group getting ill.  For most of us, we will bounce back and have even better immunity from being exposed and having our immune system “exercise its muscles.”  But I am gravely worried about those individuals in older cohorts or with preexisting conditions.

Without social distancing, we will see a spike in cases of COVID-19 among all ages.  This means that there will be increased demand for our finite hospital resources- think hospital beds, respirators, even nurses and doctors. If we do not practice extreme social distancing on an individual basis, the reality of what happened in Italy will happen here.  Doctors will have to triage patients and decide if someone’s 72-year-old grandmother with severe COVID-19 will get a hospital bed or if it will go to the 40-year-old father of two.  In this situation guess who wins and who loses?

So, the next time you are deciding if you should go to the gym, go to a restaurant or bar, or organize a play date for your kiddos because school is out- I hope you think twice.  For every 500 people in my age group (30-39) who get sick, one person will die.  I certainly would like to flatten the curve and prevent the deaths of people you and I both know.

If you would like to learn more about flattening the curve, here is a great interactive article from The Washington Post:

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”Various forms of social distancing and how they change transmission rates over time.

What activities should I avoid and what activities are safe to do?

Social distancing does not mean that you have to be quarantined to your home. It is completely safe, and even great for your immunity, to get outside and move your body. Here are some guidelines for you to follow.


How can I still support local businesses and connect with my community while practicing social distancing?

  1.  You can order meals through apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats who have enabled no contact delivery options.  They simply leave your order on your doorstep.
  2. Many local restaurants are offering to-go ordering with payments available over the phone or online.  Many will also have a single person come outside and pass the food to you in your car, which minimizes exposure.
  3. You can order groceries online from local grocery stores and places like Thrive Market and Amazon Pantry.
  4. You can also plan when going to the grocery store.
  5. Purchase food for a few more meals than you normally would.  This decreases the number of times you will need to go to the store in a month.
  6. Many local boutiques have online platforms.  I hope you will all support them as much as you can during this time.
  7. Healthcare practitioners, counselors, and even personal trainers are moving their businesses to virtual consults. You can still receive amazing care.
  8. Many churches are offering live streaming of their services and events.
  9. Use FaceTime and Video chat to continue networking meetings, social groups, or even just to connect with a friend.

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