What is social distancing?

Ruth Healy
May 12, 2020

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.

Social distancing is keeping a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people. Do not shake hands or make close contact if possible.

Older people should not attend day centres, social groups, pubs/restaurants or spend undue amounts of time in public places like Doctors waiting rooms.

It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.

“moderate social distancing will usually outperform the attempted quarantine, and extensive social distancing usually works best of all.”

You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible. For more resources and guidelines around coronavirus visit Gov.ie via this link.

Tips for keeping busy whilst social distancing

Unfortunately it seems as if the requirement to practice social distancing will go on for a significant period of time. Defeating COVID-19 is a marathon, not a sprint. So we need to think and plan for how we can make this period of time easier on ourselves and older people so that everyone can stick to it.

It's important to keep to normal routines as regards getting up, getting washed and dressed, meal times and bed times.

Use the time to do activities that you like but maybe didn't have time to do in the past

  • Join the Grandpal Virtual Coffee Shop for regular conversations with people just like you - https://www.grandpal.co/virtual-coffee-shop
  • Catch up on reading favourite books
  • Keep your mind sharp by doing crosswords or puzzles
  • Stay up to date with news, but don't obsessively watch stories about the public health emergency as it could cause increased stress and worry.
  • Do a little spring cleaning around the house
  • Stay in touch with grandchildren or younger relatives by phone or using social media
  • Video chat has been shown to be much more effective at reducing feelings of isolation. Learn how to use Zoom to make group video calls - https://www.grandpal.co/post/zoom

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