The Importance of Social Distancing During This Time
April 07, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: social distancing  
Social distancing may be the most effective strategy to flatten the curve. Here’s how you can practice it!

You’re hearing the term “social distancing” everywhere now. You know that it’s designed to keep yourself and others healthy and to social distancingreduce the spread of coronavirus, but perhaps you’re not exactly sure what social distancing actually entails. From the office of our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Mackey, here are some social distancing tips designed to keep you healthy and safe during the pandemic.

What is Social Distancing?
Many people are using the terms “isolation”, “quarantine” or “social distancing” interchangeably but they mean something a bit different. Isolation and quarantine are designed to prevent people who are sick or are believed to be infected from being able to come in contact with others. These people may be under self-quarantine or may be confined to a hospital. People with weaken immune systems may also choose to self-quarantine in order to protect themselves from being exposed to the virus.However, social distancing is what the rest of the currently uninfected community should be practicing. Social distancing means avoiding gatherings and public spaces where there are more than 10 people at a time.

Here’s what you should know about social distancing,
  • You can still go out to get groceries, medications, and other things you need to live; however, it’s best to minimize how much time you spend in public, so only go out when it’s absolutely essential.
  • When you’re out in public (e.g. grocery store) make sure to keep at least six feet between you and others.
  • Cancel or postpone events, parties, weddings, and other mass gatherings for the foreseeable future.
  • If you’re sick, it’s important that you stay home
  • Wash your hands frequently and properly
  • If you are over 65 years old or if you have chronic health problems (e.g. diabetes), it’s best to stay home as much as possible, wear a mask if you have to be in public, and have neighbors/family members pick up prescriptions or groceries for you.
Make Social Distancing Easier
We know that canceling plans and having to stay indoors most of the day may feel a little strange at first. But there are ways to make social distancing easier, productive, and perhaps even fun:
  • Been wanting to work out? Now is the perfect time to start! There are tons of trainers, fitness classes, and programs that are providing people with both free and paid classes online. Make your apartment or house your very own gym.
  • There are also tons of chefs that are offering up tips, recipes and cooking courses right now. Choosing a recipe that the family can make together could be a fun at-home bonding experience in the evenings.
  • Still working from home? Designate a bonafide workspace and set your hours each day so you aren’t tempted to get up and do laundry or clean the house instead. Once your set hours are over, then you can kick back and relax or tackle those chores. Make the most of your day even when working from home!
At Advanced Desert Dermatology we are doing our part to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call (623) 977-6700.