Social distancing means the steps you must take for reducing social interaction between people. This is very important for reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Social Distancing steps are:
1. Don’t make contact with someone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) like high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Stay at home. Go out only during emergencies
3. While out, maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between you and others
4. Keep in touch using remote technologies like phone, internet, and social media
5. Use telephone or online services to contact your local hospital during emergencies. You may also call the central government’s helpline 011-2397 8046 or search for your state’s helpline number here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf
Follow all the above measures as much as possible and significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, especially if you:
● are aged over 70
● have a pre-existing health condition
● are pregnant
Handwashing and respiratory hygiene
There are basic principles to follow for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
● Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitiser after you get home or after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
● Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
● Don’t be in close contact with people with symptoms
● Cover your cough or sneeze using a tissue, then wash your hands
● Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces at home
What should you do if you have hospital and doctor appointments during this period?
It is advised to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible. However, if you have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointments during this period, talk to your doctor or hospital to ensure you continue to receive the care you need and consider if the appointments can be postponed.
Looking after your mental wellbeing
Social distancing and quarantine can be hard and may make you feel bored or frustrated. Your mood and feelings may be affected and you may feel low, anxious or have problems sleeping.
The following are simple things that may help you to stay mentally and physically active during this time like:
● Try some exercises you can do at home
● Enjoy an indoor hobby like reading, cooking, listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
● Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, stay hydrated and avoid smoking, alcohol and drug
How can you stay connected with family and friends during this time?
Stay in touch with your friends and family over the phone or online. Talk to people on the phone regularly. This is also an important step in looking after your mental wellbeing.