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The Importance of Social Distancing During This Crisis

Updated on March 24, 2020

People Wearing Make Shift Masks

It's Important To Use Proper Masks

Some people can be very inventive at times, and that isn't always a bad thing.Yet, when it comes to your personal safety, and the safety of others, inventiveness doesn't always cut it.

We have been told it isn't always necessary to wear a mask when out in public, and that the ones who should be wearing masks are those with compromised immune systems and some other health ailments. People like myself who have COPD, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and numerous other health problems.

Also those who fear they may be sick should wear masks to protect those that are around them. The sad thing about masks and many other necessary medical equipment is there seems to be a shortage in many areas, another good reason to leave masks alone if you really don't need one, leave them for medical personal.

Cleanliness is Important

Keep Your Hands Clean

Humans are usually a friendly sort, well, most of us are.So when we run into someone we know, we often either shake hands or give the person a hug. Now it seems those days are gone, at least for awhile. I realize old habits are hard to break, but break them, we must.

It is important to wash your hands regularly, and especially after being out and about at all, although we actually shouldn't be out, unless it is absolutely necessary. So if you were out, wash your hands with warm soap and water and count to 20, such as 1001 up to 1020! It will reduce risk of passing the Covid-19 virus along.

It is also important to stop touching your face. I also suffer from allergies and at the moment find my eyes and nose itchy at times, and it is so hard not to be touching my face!

One way would be to wipe your bum with your fingers... you would be sure to wash your hands, and i'm pretty sure you would try very hard not to touch your face!

Distancing Yourself From Others

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Even Family Have To Distance Themselves

One of my wife and my great joys are having grandchildren. We have 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Most are far away in another province, but we have three grandchildren nearby. Of those three, one of them, our grandson, loves to spend time here with us.

He called the other evening and asked to come over, and we had to say no, it was heart breaking to say the least. being in the high risk category it was the option we had to choose, and believe me, it wasn't an easy choice.

We played Russian Roulette in our discussion, saying if we kept our distance, watched to make sure we kept our hands and all surfaces clean, and the list went on and on. Finally we decided that postponing any visits would be in our best interests.


Out of Necessity

Today I actually had to go out and run an errand. I had to go to a nearby store, which is 6 city blocks from our apartment. I have no vehicle, I hate the city buses, especially now, so since it was within my walking distance capabilities, that is what I did.

At the moment in our city, you would think it was a ghost town. The streets are pretty well empty of any people, and you hardly see a car. normally this would bother me much more than it did today. i was actually glad to have the street/sidewalk to myself.

So I managed to get to the store and back home again, and only saw 4 people. At least it seems that people here are taking the proper precautions, and above all, taking the situation seriously. We saw just last week, that there are many who aren't taking this situation as seriously as they should.

Spring Breakers

I Hope My Grand Children Have More Respect

We saw crowds of young people defying fate last week, filling beaches and bars, and although I am mad at them for doing so, i'm more furious at the Govenor, and mayors of these cities to let this happen, and you can be sure it happened out of greed. Many of these cities depend on the spring breakers to boost their economy, and although having a strong economy is a good thing, I'd rather have a strong and healthy population, that can rebuild a failing economy.

So while most of the world was practicing self isolation, we had people who would rather risk their lives, and the lives of others who they will be interacting with.Which will more than likely extend this self isolation for much longer than it would have had to be.

We are a strong entity, and we will survive, but why do some have to push the limits and endanger others so carelessly? please be safe, and take the proper precautions, try to keep isolated from others, and remember to wash your hands! I realize people are probably getting tired of hearing the same thing over and over, but it seems a constant reminder is needed for some people!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Raymond Oickle


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