The term that the World Health Organization has been using in it’s messaging to help prevent further spread of the Corona Virus is to practice social distancing. I’m not arguing with their term, I’m just suggesting that we consider modifying the way we are implementing this in our daily lives.
To help flatten the curve of the spread of the virus, for certain we need to practice PHYSICAL distancing. Avoiding large crowds, gatherings, self isolating, and if you are advised to quarantine to do so responsibly.
However I hope we can all agree that during this time it is important more than ever to remain connected in a SOCIAL sense so we avoid isolation which may lead to more depression and mental distress.
We live in an incredible age of technology where we can remain connected virtually through the use of social media, emails, texts and phone calls. I encourage you to maximize the use of any digital forms of communication to stay in touch via the following methods:
- Stay in touch with family and friends via social media – the use of messenger programs, texts, and emails is a great way to communicate
- Use Facetime, Skype, Zoom and Facebook Video to “call” friends and family in a video format – the second best thing than a face to face visit
- Share positivity on your social media channels!! Many of the posts going out are adding to the fear, panic and unrest in our society. Share good news, hope and love on your social media channels.
- If you are a business that can operate ONLINE instead of in person – ADAPT! Sell your product online, or offer pick up or delivery. Your physical business may need to close to practice safe “physical” distancing, but there may be other ways you can do business.
- Use your business social media profiles to share positive and helpful information. Just because your business may be closed – your social media do not need to be. Your social media platforms should not go silent. Use them instead for GOOD during this challenging time.
- Share information on behalf of your local community businesses and organizations.
These are just a few suggestions on how you can remain SOCIAL while practicing PHYSICAL distancing during the COVID19 Pandemic. We as a human race are all in this together, and together we will come out the other side stronger.
If you have other suggestions on how you are staying social please comment below.