With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to spike in the United States in recent weeks, “social distancing” has become a common phrase in our everyday language.
According to an article from the Washington Post, “without measures to slow it down, COVID-19 will continue to spread exponentially for months.” Social distancing has become the main precaution public health and government officials are urging people to take. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
Dr. Angela Baldwin told ABC News, “Social distancing is effective in decreasing the rate of cases and the total number of cases, also known as flattening the curve. When done properly, it will limit the spread of infection.”
Whether your employees are still working in the office, or have moved to at-home workspaces, here are some best practices to help you and your team survive the new normal of social distancing:
- Limit all non-essential errands. This includes going to the movies, getting your nails done at a salon, or going out to eat at restaurants. Try to only go out if you need groceries or other essentials.
- Try ordering your groceries for pickup. A lot of stores let you order groceries online and someone will bring them out to your car. This will help limit the amount of contact you have with others.
- Do something active. It is important to try and stay active while at home. You can still go for walks or runs outside or exercise with a fitness video at home. Online activities like this wellness webinar can also help you and your team stay active.
- Wash your hands often. If you do have to go out in public for essential items like groceries, make sure you wash your hands as much as possible.
- Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces. It is important to disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot like doorknobs and light switches.
- Stay away from elderly family and friends or those with immunodeficiencies. The CDC identifies people over the age of 60 and those with preexisting health conditions at most risk for COVID-19. Limiting exposure to people in these groups could help keep them from contracting the virus.
- Reschedule all non-essential appointments. If an appointment is not urgent, such as a routine physical or dental appointment, it is best to reschedule it for later when COVID-19 is under control.
- Stay in contact with friends and family. Just because you shouldn’t physically be around people doesn’t mean you have to stop being social. It is important to maintain relationships even during social distancing. Schedule video calls with friends and family to catch up and stay connected.
For more information on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the Apex COVID-19 resource page here.