Gregg Gonsalves explains the benefit of social distancing in a visual:
Bill Fitzgerald explains that social distancing is about our ‘obligation to each other’:
Brian Iselin visualises the difference between infecting 2.5 people (the average) and 1.25 people:
An Italian doctor reflects on the crisis and explains who social distancing is so important:
We all have a duty to stay put, except for very special reasons, like, you go to work because you work in healthcare, or you have to save a life and bring someone to hospital, or go out to shop for food so you can survive. But when we get to this stage of a pandemic, it’s really important not to spread the bug. The only thing that helps is social restriction. Ideally, the government should issue that instruction and provide a financial fallback—compensate business owners, ease the financial load on everyone as much as possible and reduce the incentive of risking your life or the lives of others just to make ends meet. But if your government or company is slow on the uptake, don’t be that person. Take responsibility. For all but essential movement, restrict yourself.
In addition to a ‘game’ for running different simulations, Amy Hoy provides some basic rules associated with social distancing:
- Avoid large gatherings — including religious services
- Cancel kids’ parties, sleepovers, sports, playdates, etc.
- Don’t shake hands, hug, or kiss anyone who doesn’t live with you (and if they’re not social distancing… cut back!)
- Don’t attend parties, concerts, film showings, or other public events
- Skip the gym, dining out, bar scene, sitting at a café, club
- Limit visits to stores — buy more than you typically would to reduce trips, go on off-hours
- Get curb-side pickup, carry-out, or local delivery if possible
- Don’t go to other people’s homes — including your close friends and family
- Don’t have guests over to your home — including your close friends and family
- Cancel or reschedule any non-urgent outside appointments such as physicals, hair appointments, physical trainers, etc.
- Cancel or reschedule any in-home appointments you can, such as home maintenance and cleaning
- As much as possible, get longer refills on your prescriptions, and use drive-through pick-up or delivery
- As much as possible, work from home, keep your kids home, encourage your housemates to stay home
- Encourage your elderly and at-risk loved ones to stay home; arrange deliveries etc. for them if possible
- Text, call, video chat, host a virtual watch party, play online games together, form a digital supper club!
- Keep in contact with your loved ones as much as possible… just don’t share air space.
Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris visualise the spread of the virus and how social distancing impacts on this:
Ed Yong explains that there are two groups of people in a pandemic:
Group A includes everyone involved in the medical response, whether that’s treating patients, running tests, or manufacturing supplies. Group B includes everyone else, and their job is to buy Group A more time. Group B must now “flatten the curve” by physically isolating themselves from other people to cut off chains of transmission. Given the slow fuse of COVID-19, to forestall the future collapse of the health-care system, these seemingly drastic steps must be taken immediately, before they feel proportionate, and they must continue for several weeks.(source)
Craig Spencer provides a day in the life of an ER doctor and explains why social distancing is so important:
David Truss questions whether social distancing is better understood as ‘physical distancing’:
Since then I’ve come across the term ‘Physical Distancing’ a lot more. This is really the issue. Reducing or actually eliminating our physical proximity to others long enough that the virus doesn’t spread. However, we can still be social in the digital world. Video helps. It’s nice to see the people we connect with.