Many Nigerians in recent weeks have begun working remotely, schools have canceled classes for weeks; and places such as clubs, gyms, and other public gatherings have been shut down.
With the COVID-19 continuing to spread and no vaccine or specific treatment yet available, social distancing is the main available way to slow the pandemic by making it more difficult for the virus to spread from person to person.
However, keeping yourself physically far enough from other people may not be easy. So, here are a few recommendations on what to do and what not to do when you need to leave your home.
The “six feet distance” rule is because respiratory droplets emitted from a person’s nose or mouth by coughing, sneezing, and other activities can travel up to six feet in distance. This includes when you are in a line, on an escalator, or sitting.
Remember social distancing is trying to keep your distance from other people and not nature. The outdoors may offer plenty of space to roam without having to be too close to people.
Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. You can always use different telecommunications methods to communicate. In fact, this may be a time to step up your communications to make sure that your loved ones aren’t feeling too lonely and isolated.
Such people may be even more likely to have very bad and even life-threatening outcomes from COVID-19, so you don’t want to bring an unwanted gift with you and accidentally infect them. This is not the time to rectify the complaint that “you don’t visit enough.”
One of the biggest concerns right now is that the health care system will get overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. So, cancel or postpone any health care appointment that is not essential and can’t be done remotely.
Keep your distance from others in waiting areas. Don’t assume that a hospital routinely disinfects everything. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Inquire about the health care facility’s cleaning methods and regimens.
Talk to your kids about social distancing. Make sure that they understand the reasons. They can still interact with other kids but should maintain the six-foot radius.
When using deliveries, try to minimize physical contact, have the person place the desired good somewhere so that you can pick it up. Make sure that the item is properly packaged. Disinfect or safely dispose of anything that may have been contaminated such as packaging materials.