As social distancing becomes the norm as a result of Coronavirus, many questions arise as a result of this. For example, what exactly is social distancing and what is considered safe?
The government recommends that all non-essential contact should stop immediately. This would include visiting family members like grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. We have been hearing more and more cases of people who are unknowingly carrying the virus without being symptomatic. This is one of the main reasons behind social distancing. Children especially are perfect examples of this as they can be vectors (carriers) of the virus while showing little to no symptoms at all. For this reason, everyone, even including those feeling healthy, should avoid non-essential contact with anyone not in their household in order to minimize the risk of spreading and contracting the virus.
You may be wondering what you can do instead of having face-to-face visits, so we’ve put together a list of suggestions for you!
- Using apps like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts for video calls
- Recording a video talent show, puppet show, or another creative activities for your family members and relatives
- Creating chalk art in your family members and relatives’ driveways for them to enjoy later
- Dropping off baked goods or groceries on porches
- Sending “snail mail” to family members and relatives
- Playing tic-tac-toe, drawing, or writing using the window as a board
Here’s a great video from Alberta Health Services that includes tips on how to adapt to social distancing!