How to Practice Social Distancing Effectively


Many of us in NJ in recent weeks have begun working remotely, if they haven’t been furloughed or laid off; schools have canceled classes for weeks; and restaurants, retail stores, bars, gyms, and other gathering places in NJ have shuttered. On top that, even county and state parks are now closed. Since we are all getting bored, you may find yourself asking is it ethical to go for a walk around other people, go to the store, or order delivery?

If I have to go out, how can I do it in the safest way possible to protect myself as well as others? Covid-19 is not airborne. It is transmitted through droplets — being coughed on or touching something that someone coughed on, for example, and then touching your face and allowing that pathogen to get into your system through your eyes, nose, or mouth. You should really stay home as much as possible. Wash your hands before you go out to the ATM, grocery store or pharmacy to protect others, and wash them again after the activity to protect yourself. Wearing cloth masks is also mandatory in NJ.

Am I doing something wrong if I want to go for a run/walk or to a store? Try picking off-peak hours to exercise to minimize contact with others. When walking, jogging, or biking outdoors, make sure to maintain distance from others. The more ventilated an area, the lower the risk of transmission, plus, if you cough, nobody is around, and the droplets just fall and hit the ground. Best option: breaking a sweat at home with help from an app or online video. Or try a combination of going outside sometimes and exercising in on alternate days.

Should I keep using grocery delivery services and take-out? The two main factors when it comes to Covid-19 transmission are closeness of contact and duration. In this situation, the handoff is five seconds, you go inside and wash your hands, or just have them leave it at your doorstep.

I feel healthy. Why shouldn’t I get out a little bit to not go stir crazy? You ought to take precautions because doing so can end up saving someone’s life.

Staying home as much as possible, even if you believe you aren’t infected, is the type of responsible decision that, when performed in masses, has the potential to slow the infection rate. It’s the term we’ve all learned over the past weeks known as “flattening the curve.”

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