Normally, I like to write about methods of self-help and improvement. However, we are not living in a normal time right now, so I will deviate and write on COVID-19. I do not wish to provoke fear, but rather actions that you control. If you wish to learn more about COVID-19, including symptoms, please read this guide from Alberta Health Services.
What you should do vs. What you should not do
Medical professionals and epidemiologists are saying to wash your hands, avoid touching your face and not to leave your home if you are sick. Avoid large groups but stay in contact with your family and friends. Spend time going for walks and enjoying nature. Please do not stockpile goods such as toilet paper, soap or sanitizers.
The goal of flattening the curve is slowing the spread of the pandemic. By slowing the spread, we help our healthcare systems. If the epidemic suddenly hits, we do not have enough resources to help all the people who will be filling the hospitals. By slowing the spread, less people will be sent to the hospitals, lessening the stress on our healthcare resources. So, how do we flatten the curve? Read on!
Practice social distancing
Social distancing is the practice of avoiding social outings that are not important. Stay home with your family, and spend your time doing activities that are not surrounded by a lot of people. If you must go to the grocery store, make sure you wash your hands when you get home. The Washinton Post has made an excellent visual on how social distancing works.
It’s us; not me
It’s easy to think “this won’t affect me”, and that may be true-I hope it is! However, it could affect others you meet. People who are immunocompromised, meaning they have weakened immune systems and the elderly are much more susceptible to COVID-19 than the average healthy person. While you may feel safe going out, you risk spreading the virus to others, so please take caution. Wash your hands, avoid physical contact, cover your mouth when you cough and practice social distancing.
Please do not think I am advocating to do nothing. I am not! Go outside for walks, read that book you haven’t had time to enjoy, and plan family movie nights. Use technology like Zoom video to talk to friends and family. Take tours around the world through digital guides or take a free online class.
Do your research, practice caution and enjoy your lives. I will continue to be active on my blog and social media. I look forward to staying in touch with you.