COVID-19 Special Updates – Physically distancing: How to Stay Connected
What are “social distancing” and “flattening the curve”?
“Social distancing” and “flattening the curve” have been in the news. Social distancing is avoiding physical contact with people who do not live with you as well as public spaces, where surfaces may be infected. “Flattening the curve” is the use of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus so that fewer people need to seek treatment at any given time.
This explains why Ottawa Public Health is advising Physical (social) distancing. Here’s a bilingual video about physical distancing from Ottawa Public Health (updated May 5).
Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation
Yet, social distancing does not have to mean social isolation for older adults. But don’t take our word for it. Here is a opinion piece from The Globe and Mail, In an era of isolation, it’s essential we maintain social connections with our most vulnerable. They urge all Canadians to make a list of people they are concerned about and plan to stay in touch with them.
How do you practice social distancing?
(adapted from Ottawa Public Health, Social Distancing)
Social distancing means
- staying home as much as possible
- avoiding non-essential trips in the community
- limiting or cancelling group gatherings
- connecting with family and friends through technology
- spending time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from each other
- Posting messages in your window or on your door to let others know you are ok.
- If you have family members living in long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other care settings, visiting only as regulations allow and staying in touch by phone
- If you are still working, talking to your employer about working from home where possible
Please note that these guidelines are not meant to say “you must stay in your home!”
We are in this together
New Links and Resources
January 14, 2021: COVID-19 regional public health measures and restrictions under new state of emergency, Government of Ontario
November 2: How close can you get with masks on? CBC
May 6: Ottawa Public Health encourages wearing masks in public now.
May 6: What is physical distancing? Ottawa Public Health