Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 has brought the science of epidemiology into public debate in ways that not even other pandemics did. The worthiness of handwashing is now unprecedentedly applauded across the globe.Health experts in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19, are appealing to practice one simple thing: Social Distancing.

Schools and Universities are closed. International travel is banned.People are working from home. Restaurants and bars have been closed in an effort to discourage social gathering. Yes! It’s time to stay indoors and stay safe.

World Health Organisation insist that social distancing is an ideal way to curb the new coronavirus and ultimately saving ourselves and others from the contagious lethality of this pandemic.

If you’re still tinkering with doubts about what social distancing is then it is time to read up.

It’s a subtle way to limitphysical contact with other members of society. That means avoid mass gatherings or any other social setup where people may congregate. If you’re out in public, make sure to maintain six-foot radius of personal space.

It is one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of the virus by simply minimising the physical contact. Say no to handshakes and “hello” to elbow bumpsand yes to staying indoors.

While the researchers are still trying to determine the R0 of coronavirus (average number of people who catch the virus from single infected person) It is estimated to be between 2 and 3. This shows social distancing is that much more important to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

There is a raft of language around the COVID-19 outbreak, which gives us a new vocabulary every day. Now, if you’re confusedwhat is the difference between Self-Quarantine and Self-isolation, here you go. According to Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, self-quarantine is when you feel absolutely fine but confine yourself to ward off the chances of exposure to the disease. On the other hand, self-isolation is when you may exhibit the symptoms and don’t want to get other people sick. With the adverse advent of coronavirus, health experts have requested to practice both situations for at least 14 days to curtail the spread.

Here’s a closer look at how to do social distancing the right way.

  1. Work from Home.
    Work from home is something most of us aren’t used to. Since our office workstation vision is all about neatness and efficiency, your workspace at home is likely to be drowned in with bills and mess- not to mention, you’ll probably have to move your kid or pet to let you work in peace. Purge the mess and get organized for an efficient work from home setup. Create stringent boundaries, like not to work post office hours. When you’re done for the day, break away from the screen. Out of sight, out of mind.
  2. Workout at Home.
    You don’t have to compromise with your gym routine with the outbreak of coronavirus. All you need is to tune into a fun playlist, put your phone on airplane mode, and start with breath-accelerating workout for that summer bod you’ve been craving for – because happier days will be here before you know it.
  3. Grab your Grub but ONLY Homecooked!
    Eating out is not on the menu for a few days! Give your cravings a break and indulge in homecooked food to protect yourself. It’s time to put your chef hat on and simply COOK!
  4. Give it to a Good Read.
    As the majority of the world is making way its way to indoors to practice social distancing. And, reading a good share of books will be an anxiety-reducing and improving cognitive skills form of entertainment during this chaotic time.
  5. Reconnect with your Family and Friends. Of Course, Virtually!
    Even when you have to skip social gatherings, it’s time to find creative ways to reach out to your loved ones. Do not feel lonely, you’re not alone in this. Skype call, messages or anything talk to your friends, spend time with your family. Thus, does have a ball but strictly indoors!
  6. Bring Back Vintage Games into Play!
    If you’re going to be cooped up indoors for a while, you’ll need something to keep yourself entertained and mentally engaged. Stock up on some vintage board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Checkers, Mastermind, Uno or your childhood favorite. It’s a good time to take a trip down memory lane.

We understand that we are social creatures and we are dependent on being connected so it gets daunting to isolate oneself from the outside world. But right now, health officials say it’s the need of the hour and best we can do is to cooperate and focus on mitigating the spread of the novel COVID-19.

It might sound like a bummer, but we all need to stay indoors, and practicebasic hygiene measures suggested by the World Health Organisation- wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, follow proper food hygiene, maintain at least 6-foot radius and refrain from travelling.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!