Long distance, please


Have you ever been invited to an Ice Cream UnSocial? I bet not.  That’s why the COVID-19 social distancing mandate makes us so uncomfortable. As humans we are social animals and flourish in the company of others.

But being unsocial is just what the doctor ordered. As everyone knows, one of the ways this highly contagious virus is transmitted is through human contact. So, if we keep our distance from each other by standing six-feet apart, we have a much better chance of staying healthy during the run of this epidemic.  Not only will we protect ourselves, we will protect our loved ones and everyone else we come in contact with.

The good news is there are ways to maintain the required social distance from our family, friends, and neighbors, yet still enjoy a level of sociability. Here’s how:

  1. Pick up the phone – Call people you normally see every day or during the week and have a chat. Even if it’s just to hear a friendly voice, it’s important to maintain that level of connection. This is also a good time to talk to people you haven’t touched base with in a while. A telephone call breaks down social distancing barriers and can make that vital person-to-person connection.
  2. Try social media – Popular sites like FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype are connecting people around the world. What can brighten your day more than seeing the faces of your children, grandchildren, and friends on one of your mobile devices? You can also attend virtual religious services, exercise classes, town meetings, book groups and museum tours, and more with a touch of a button.
  3. Use the written word – Bring back the lost art of letter writing. Send postcards, greeting cards, or handwritten notes to people you care about. Include poems, pictures, photos, or even jokes in your letters. You can also keep a journal to record your daily life and personal feelings during this unprecedented time.

To learn what the experts say about social distancing go to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html