The coronavirus or more popularly termed COVID-19 has already been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation with its rampant occurrences across the world.
Statistics suggest more than 30,000 deaths in the past months and counting. Well, national governments across the globe have declared lockdowns and businesses have taken a huge hit.
Originating from Wuhan, China, COVID-19 has already spread to almost all parts of the world, and positive cases are exponentially increasing with time.
Well, this is more because of people’s negligence during the initial stages than any other cause.
Countries like Iran and Spain that had just one or two cases in their initial weeks now report more than 1,00,000 cases after a month.
People in developed countries like the USA, Italy, and Germany are reeling with COVID-19 cases increasing every passing day.
Health officials are working relentlessly against this pandemic, ensuring minimum deaths, but the situation in some cities is going out of hands.
The biggest concern is with developing and underdeveloped counties where this virus has already spread its wings.
If cases there start increasing, healthcare facilities in the place will be insufficient to tackle COVID at a mass scale, leading to uncountable deaths.
Why Social Distancing Matters
Well, the internal health organizations like the WHO and Red Cross are performing extensive online campaigns, trying to enlighten people on the importance of social distancing to tackle coronavirus’ deadly and unending reach.
According to doctors, social isolation and self-quarantine are the best solutions at the moment as there are little or no vaccines available to tackle this.
The WHO and UNICEF have already issued numerous advisory notices for the public, emphasizing the need for special isolation and quarantine.
They claim that isolation is the only way to break the coronavirus chain, and lesser people will be affected.
Since COVID symptoms refect in the human body after a fortnight, it is indeed tough to understand and break the chain while people are going about their business as usual.
Therefore, self-isolation for people with minimum symptoms will ensure that positive case victims will not spread the virus onto others, and their anti-bodies will immune them after two weeks.
Coronavirus, according to medical experts, adversely affect those with cardiovascular diseases, weaker immunity, and previous chronic medical cases.
Therefore, people matching these criteria are advised to stay home at all costs.
Others should always use good quality masks for their faces (preferably N-92) when they go outdoors.
Dealing with myths and phobias is the biggest challenge for governments and medical organizations alike.
Rumors are already doing rounds on various issues circulating around the virus, which are not scientifically confirmed.
However, stern actions against hackers, fake news, and fraudulent applications are being taken by cybersecurity agencies around the world.
Social distancing prevents the spread of the virus in various ways:
When a person with coronavirus symptoms comes in affinity to a healthy person, he/she may spread it through physical means, i.e., shaking hands, passing a pen, or hugging.
Even touching a doorknob can spread the virus.
Therefore, sanitization is crucial for people who go outdoors or come in contact with any person.
The biggest challenge is: You do not know who contains the virus inside them unless they get themselves tested.
Therefore, precautionary measures should always be taken even if the person is your blood relative.
Contact With People Suffering From Cardiovascular Diseases
People with cardiovascular diseases are more prone to acquiring COVID-19, and therefore you need to maintain the necessary distance with them.
Even using their electronic devices can transmit the virus. If you possess an asymptomatic case of COVID-19, which may not harm you, it can still spread and prove fatal for a person with heart/lung-based problems.
Remember that COVID-19 is asymptomatic in most cases, but it cans till spread, transmit and react against people with weaker immunity.
Social distancing is the ultimate need of the hour, and it is the best possible way to help people avoid the wrath of the virus in their area.
It may seem very torturous and imprisoning being stuck inside your home for weeks, but it will be helpful for the entire community.
There are different aspects of social distancing like:
Working From Home
This is the best possible method for office-goers.
Recently, major multinational companies shut their offices and enabled home-office systems for all their employees so that the virus is not spread inside the office premises.
Well, the decision may be complicated, looking at different avenues of service that cannot be served sitting from home.
However, some companies are also implementing a “stay-in-office” methodology where employees are receiving a homely atmosphere inside their office and doing their business as usual.
External contact is prohibited until the crisis dies down.
On the other hand, other companies who do not have such facilities are looking at online working platforms and video conferencing as their solution to tackling the problem.
Online Classes For School and College Students:
This can be very beneficial as the majority of schools and universities are the places where the virus can transit based on physical touch.
Mature professions in offices can still prevent themselves, but children and teenagers may not be able to understand the effects of the virus, especially in developing countries or slum areas.
Therefore, online classes and video lectures will help students maintain their curriculum and syllabus schedule even during a national lockdown.
However, feasibility and accessibility factors always come to mind when we consider places like India, Ghana, Iraq, Syria, etc. where every student does not have adequate access to internet resources.
Postponing Corporate/Work-related Events
Any event, including personal meetings or corporate engagement you may have in your schedule, must be entirely avoiding in these circumstances.
Remember that the virus can spread majorly during mass gatherings, and any corporate event/gathering will be the perfect place.
Therefore, you need to plan on postponing them indefinitely until the jeopardy dies down.
If there is any compulsion from an individual or organization, you need to inform local authorities or the company itself through a mailer, requesting them to postpone the same.
Most events in the USA, Italy, and other parts of Europe are forced to be shut down because of this pandemic, and strict regulations are being imposed.
On the contrary, martial law has already been implemented in most countries across the Middle East and Asia to stop the epidemic from spreading.
Refer to Company’s Social Distancing Guidelines
Major conglomerates across the world have already published their social distancing guidelines for their respective branches.
Most of the employees are requested to work from home. In contrast, people in “essential services” like electricity departments, law enforcement,
IT security, and media are asked to work with extreme caution. Considering the case in the UK, the NHS has announced penalizations for companies and officials not maintaining necessary hygiene and social distancing during work.
This even includes administrative officers and law enforcement agencies.
Earlier, people at workplaces did not relent to the distancing guidelines, leading the country to a stage IV situation of COVID-19. With the new guidelines in place, the NHS expects some improvement.
Social Distancing practices are indeed robust for people who are used to going out regularly.
However, you may utilize your time in self-quarantine by exploring your hidden talents.
Try learning some art, or pick up the instrument you were not able to practice because of your work-life schedule.
Quarantine or self-isolation will give you ample time to spend with your near and dear ones, and if you really feel the need to talk to your colleagues or friends, try video conferencing.
Applications like Skype, Zoom, and Viber offer uninterrupted calling over the internet, and you can quickly build a virtual environment.
Rationing is crucial if you are looking to self-isolate. Try receiving your outdoor grocery visits purchasing most of your food-related material online.
Delivery companies are maintaining an excellent standard of hygiene and safety protocol, and you can rest assured that the delivery you receive will be up to the health standards.
However, for safety, you should still sanitize them properly.
There are various mail IDs and contact details of experts available there, and you can also contact them in case of an emergency.