A lot can happen in a single week. But the abrupt changes we’ve seen since the lead-up to March Break, urging “social distancing” as schools, daycares, sporting events and many borders shut down, is best described as something out of an apocalyptic movie.
This of course is for very good reason. Communities around the world are struggling to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a highly communicable disease. Experts agree that social distancing is an important part of containment efforts as it will help to limit the number of individuals affected and potentially requiring medical services at the same time—“flattening the curve,” as we’ve all heard by now.
What is social distancing?
But what exactly is “social distancing” and what does it entail? The term refers to the conscious effort by all to reduce close contact with others. This can include refraining from non-essential travel, working from home, avoiding large congregations, and most importantly, limiting physical contact (elbow bumps only, please). Here in Ontario, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, families and individuals are being encouraged to do the responsible thing, and stay home.
Sounds easier in theory than it is in reality, particularly for busy households with young kids and for individuals living alone. Social isolation, and the feeling of being cooped up in one place, can have its own detriments. As March turns to April and hopes of a COVID-free summer call out to us, the best thing we can do is stay calm, hunker in, follow best practices, and be thoughtful to one another.
Recognizing that it’s a confusing, dynamic, and ever-evolving situation, some of the current “dos and don’ts” of social distancing include:
- Avoid crowded settings, but if you do find yourself in one, try to maintain a safe distance from others (i.e. six to ten feet) and limit what you touch.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash hands often and thoroughly (after every contact), and use hand sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available.
- Given older people with underlying health concerns are more susceptible to serious illness, avoid visits with them (especially if you are feeling ill, or have been travelling), and alternatively, check in on them remotely, and often, to ensure they are equipped and cared for.
- Read books, plan future adventures, make art, learn some recipes and exercise regularly. Getting outside into the fresh air is important (if you aren’t in quarantine or at risk). Do so responsibly by keeping a safe distance from others and following the steps above.
Most of all, remember that this will pass and the world will resume as usual. When it does, we look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful Inn and celebrating all life’s milestones with you.