Dear Blogger Friends:
What a strange time! I hope you and your families are coping well as we all do what we can to stop the coronavirus from spreading.
Public health officials emphasize Social Distancing — keeping a physical distance of 6 feet from others, especially those outside our own homes. In the last 12 hours, I have also seen pleas from individuals in Italy and The Netherlands, urging us in other countries to practice social distancing before we reach the high levels of infection they now have.
Here’s a chart that illustrates the need:
42 thoughts on “Social Distancing”
Thanks for the post. I make a list each day of three people I’ll be phoning that day to chat with, like we used to do in the old days. So far, it’s been great. I just joked with my cousin in Barrie (I’m in Newmarket) that we are back to making trunk calls (a British term, I think), where you phone long distance.
Off to make a cuppa tea now before I phone a Toronto friend who just arrived back from Hawaii.
Forward and onward we go ….
Yes. Social distancing might actually reduce our social distance in a different way. Take care, dear Lesley and keep safe as best you can.
That’s what I’m finding. I’ve had several conversations I wouldn’t normally have today.
Stay safe! I am able to work from home and haven’t been going anywhere except for walks. I’ll be doing fewer grocery runs also, to mitigate exposure. And I’m making phone calls as well. Not to mention sending emails!
Same here, Lisa. Glad you are taking care and taking precautions. Stay safe.
That is a really great chart. We are trying our best, but I really do feel the true heroes are the ones that keep our food supply coming. For some reason, we never hear much news from Canada. Besides the prime minister’s family, how is the population doing? Are your grocery shelves empty as ours are? I live in a place that has had lots natural disasters, so we tend to over prepare.
Thank you Cynthia: Just like to emphasize that social distancing is ‘physical’ distancing. Be social online, by phone, by Skype, Face Time and such. We are social beings. Let’s embrace each other virtually while we keep a physical distance to help in getting ahead of COVID-19.
Yes, Paula. Our family remarked this morning that social distancing is forcing us to become more sociable to people we care about, and to keep the telephone and online channels open. Stay safe, my friend.
What a powerful visual that chart is! Thanks for sharing. So far, so good for Clif and me. Stay safe, be well!
You two, dear friends. Stay safe. We gradually stocked up on potatoes, milk powder, canned/frozen veggies and tp for some time now, so didn’t need to go on a panic-buying. At least not yet!
Same here! Sometimes it helps to be a worrier. This is our time for shining. 😉
Worriers and introverts!
Our moment is now!
Great chart, thank you. This sure is challenging, especially for those of us who live on our own. Working from home has always been great, but the “not-going-anywhere”? Not so fun. I hope you and your family are all well. Best always, Jeanne
I know. The not going out is tough, though it’s one habit I acquired during the bad years, so probably easier for me than most. I understand this is an introvert’s best time!
That’s a helpful chart! I like these visual aids that are coming out. I live quietly anyway so the only thing different at the moment is to remember not to hug everyone and to stand back when talking in person….. not always easy to remember in the moment! It’s a strange new world we are living in, but when we look past the mad tp hoarders and such there are a lot of good things happening in our villages. And our virtual village becomes even more important. I might even write a post 😀 And today I can open, read , like and comment on my WP site – all is not lost 🙂
Brilliant. It’s the stepping back and not hugging that I have to work at too. I think we have enough tp, because I can’t imagine telling family members how many sheets they are allowed to use each time!!
I’m telling my daughter to be more judicious in her use of toilet paper!
We all have to be!
The chart says it all.
Thanks, Cynthia! We’re good here so far. These hard-hit countries are kind to warn us to be careful and hopefully avoid the devastation that they’re experiencing. Strange time, yes, and so much good going on as well. We may all remember how much fun it was to play board games and actually talk and listen to each other.:0)).
Yes, they are thoughtful to do so, Beth. And I think you’re right: we will learn to be social in a whole ‘old’ way! Glad you’re doing well. Stay safe.
That’s a powerful graph, Cynthia. It really makes the point. –Curt
At this point, I don’t have to leave the house, so I don’t. Over the past three days, the power of exponents has been showing on the news with the new cases being diagnosed.
It is scary. Be safe.
You, too, Cynthia.
And I say you, too, Cynthia.
Thank you, Derrick.
That is the best chart I have seen yet, Cynthia. Thank you! Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, Lavinia. Hope your family is well and keeping safe.
We are all doing well so far, and weathering this epidemic.
Interesting illustration. I hope you and your family will all be okay, Cynthia.
Thanks for reinforcing an important message.
Best chart I’ve seen yet to show people what an impact they can make. Thank you! And I hope you’re staying well . . .
Stay safe and well, Cynthia.
Hoping you and Pat are doing the same.
Due to her condition, Pat has to stay isolated for twelve weeks but we’re good. 🙂
That’s a long time. So many people don’t seem able to put up with three weeks. Take care, you two.
We are taking it a day at a time as we must.
Thank you very much for this post! The infographic was very helpful! I have recently published an article on my blog about how social distancing is important but that it shouldn’t lead to emotional distancing. If you have time, it would be great if you could check it out and let me know your thoughts! Wishing you all the best during this difficult time 🙂
You’ve done well. This message is worth giving many times.
Thank you very much for your comment!