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Ways to seek support while social distancing.
After months indoors, people are renting RVs, cabins, and fancy tents to spend time in nature.
The evidence suggests that prolonged feelings of loneliness are detrimental to health. So, how do those feelings get converted into disease?
Feeling lonely and socially isolated can contribute to unhealthy behaviors such as getting too little exercise, drinking too much alcohol and smoking.
Can I eat at a restaurant? Can I go shopping? Can I hug my friends again? Experts weigh in.
Fischer noted that 6 feet is by no means a “magic number,” and that droplets likely do spread farther under some conditions. But that metric remains our best estimate yet when it comes to how much distance you should keep between yourself and others in public spaces.
With the COVID-19 coronavirus continuing to spread and no vaccine or specific treatment yet available, social distancing is the main available way to slow the pandemic by making it more difficult for the virus to spread from person to person. However, unless you are a Bond villain with your own island, a toilet paper factory, and robots to do your bidding, keeping yourself physically far enough from other people may not be easy.
We will need a comprehensive strategy to reduce the sort of interactions that can lead to more infections.
If Covid-19 isolation boredom is proving to be as unhealthy as the virus itself, here are a few strategies and tricks to help you get to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Attempts to avoid coronavirus can increase the risk of physical and emotional harm from limited social contact.
Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.
Most of us had never heard of aerosol science before the pandemic. Then Virginia Tech’s Linsey Marr showed up and became our tour guide to the invisible world of airborne particles.
We are social creatures. So it's no surprise that quarantine fatigue has begun to set in.
Calls for social distancing and isolation have become the coronavirus battle-cry, and lockdowns are halting cities and towns all over the world (except in Sweden). Schools are closed, and so are non-essential businesses. All gatherings are off. Remote working is the new working, and time spent outside the home is down to a bare minimum.
That is, of course, when you have a home. In rich western cities, the homeless are at higher risk of contracting the disease, and cities with large homeless populations—that is, cities with more inequality—will have a harder time flattening the proverbial curve.
How people pull together, even at a moment of social distancing.
“It’s about contributing your own personal discomfort or inconvenience to protect yourself and to protect others,” Asaf Bitton says, of social distancing.Source Photograph by Joan Mateu / AP
As Americans and people around the world are being asked to help halt the spread of the coronavirus, we have frequently been told to practice social distancing. The idea is to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the virus, decreasing the number of people who get sick at one time and the risk of overwhelming our medical system. In practice, social distancing mostly means avoiding close contact with people who do not live with you, and also public spaces, where surfaces may be contaminated. But, no matter how often we have been given such advice, it can be hard to totally change our habits, and the specific advice about how to behave can be confusing and overwhelming.
Forced to make the impossible choice between wealth and health, we could end up with neither.
On How To!, author Celeste Headlee shares tips on staying sane through the isolation of quarantine.
Here's why you should stay at home if you can.
No one knows how long self-isolation measures will remain in place, but public-health experts say it could be several months, or even longer, until large gatherings are safe to resume as normal.
Government advice for implementing physical distancing has mainly urged people to isolate themselves in space: staying at least 1.5 metres apart, working from home, avoiding gatherings, and minimising travel.
However, effectively separating people in space is extremely challenging. Different people still need access to the same essential locations, such as shops, workplaces and health care facilities.
Staying home will stem the coronavirus outbreak, but what if you’re healthy — and bored? Is it ethical to go for a run in a crowded park, go to the store, or order delivery?
Social distancing can lead to adverse psychological and physiological effects. But there are things you can do to maintain your overall health.
One of the biggest pandemics in recent history shows the importance of social distancing.
As COVID-19 restrictions tighten around the world, governments are harnessing the potential of drones. From delivering medical supplies, to helping keep people indoors – drones can do a lot in a pandemic.
The difference between quarantine, isolation, and social distancing, explained.
Not everyone thinks that's enough distance.
Time to get creative with all those Zoom calls.
To prevent boredom and keep it away, we need to find solutions at home that provide lasting meaning and challenge.