Article by Britney Erb | Owl Magazine

Social distancing, quarantining, self-isolation. These are concepts people around the world have been confronted with since the outbreak of the fast-spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Social distancing can be described as an increase in space between people, the typical number being six feet apart according to the Public Health Department of Santa Clara.

Across the world, we’ve seen attempts to implement social distancing: closing schools, cancelling sporting events, and hundreds of store closures.

In an article from John Hopkins, they say that “these cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.” In order to stop the disease from spreading more quickly, medical professionals agree we must act fast and social distance as much as possible.

Medical workers at the Santa Clara Health Department say “health experts have looked at past pandemics and found that the spread of the disease followed public gatherings. And the highest attack rates were seen in school children, due to their close contact. Avoiding crowds of people will be important in slowing the spread.”

In Maryland, avoiding crowds is the advice echoed by experts and officials. We are all advised to avoid crowded places, not to have gatherings of more than ten people, and remain six feet apart from others. On March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan implemented a stay-at-home order for all Maryland residents. He asserts, “We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home, we are directing them to do so.”

“Across the world, we’ve seen attempts to implement social distancing: closing schools, cancelling sporting events, and hundreds of store closures.”

Practicing good hygiene is also helpful during this pandemic. Wash your hands often and sing the tune of “Happy Birthday” to ensure you washed them well. Hand sanitizer and disinfectants are also a good thing to keep handy.

What happens if you begin to feel sick? According to the CDC, “if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.” The CDC also recommends that you stay home and avoid any public transportation. However, they also say that you should contact a medical professional if you have symptoms like trouble breathing, persistent pain, blue lips/face, or confusion.

During time at home, my family and I have spent a lot of time outdoors walking my dog and doing projects. I also redecorated my whole bedroom this past week. I suggest keeping yourself as busy as possible to help pass the time while still staying safe and healthy.

Stay clean during this pandemic and practice social distancing. Go for a walk, watch movies, and maybe try a DIY project or two to stay entertained. If you begin to feel sick you should keep an eye on your symptoms and get a lot of rest, hydrate, and follow the advice of medical professionals.

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