What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.
In public health, social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures intended to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. It typically involves keeping a certain distance from others (the distance specified may differ from time to time and country to country) and avoiding gathering together in large groups. By reducing the probability that a given uninfected person will come into physical contact with an infected person, the disease transmission can be suppressed, resulting in fewer deaths. The measures are used in combination with good respiratory hygiene and hand washing by a population. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested favouring the term “physical distancing” as opposed to “social distancing”, in keeping with the fact that it is a physical distance which prevents transmission; people can remain socially connected via technology. To slow down the spread of infectious diseases and avoid overburdening healthcare systems, particularly during a pandemic, several social-distancing measures are used, including the closing of schools and workplaces, isolation, quarantine, restricting the movement of people and the cancellation of mass gatherings
Social distancing is maintained to stop the spread of virus and infections. You should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. That is called social distancing. It means avoiding crowded, public places where close contact with others is likely. It leads to cancelling events and gathering of more than 10 people and closing shops, restaurants and bars. It is essential way to slow down the spread of virus among each other. It is important that you follow social distancing recommendations in your community, weather you’re in one of the high-risk group or not.
Why Social Distancing is important?
Social distancing is important because:
- It helps slow down the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people and people who do not known that they have contracted it.
- It is the only way to break chain of contagion
- It protects you from getting the virus and becoming sick. The impact of social distancing is greater than personal safety alone. It protects your loved ones.
- It is a proven means of reducing deaths in a pandemic
- It reduces the basic reproduction number, known as the “R naught”. The R naught represents the average number of people who can be infected by one person, and it can increase and decrease depending on the rate of spread.
- If everyone does their part and practices social (physical) distancing to slow the rate of COVID-19 spread, it will give hospitals a fighting chance to continue to have room, necessary supplies and health care providers for all patients who need care.
Outbreak of any pandemic situation is still for people. Fear and anxiety about a research can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in every group of people. Everyone Reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to outbreak can depend on your background. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. While social distancing is critical in preventing the spread of the virus social isolation can affect our own mental health as well as the mental health of our friends and family.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health conditions.
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
Tips to manage your mental health while social distancing is:
- Remain physically active: Physical exercise has mood boosting effects and a recent study showed that physical activity can even prevent depression. If you are experiencing isolation or are in a situation where public venues like gyms and health clubs are temporarily closing, find ways to remain active while at home.
- Practice breathing and mindfulness exercise: Relaxation and mindfulness exercises help reduce stress and rumination, which can exacerbate depression. You can practice listening to music, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and positive imagery and mindfulness exercises. You can find a number of helpful meditation, mindfulness, and guided breathing videos on platforms like YouTube.
- Tackle new projects; do something fun, helpful, and challenging: Social distancing is also an opportunity to focus on yourself. Maybe you’ve been thinking of making lifestyle changes like eating healthier, practicing meditation, or even learning a new skill. These are all great tasks to focus on if you feel like you have a lack of things to do. You can read a novel, write poetry, watch a movie, cook/bake, garden, play a musical instrument, play games with family or others online, offer at-risk relatives/neighbors help with getting groceries and supplies, learn a new language or take an online course.
- Use technology to communicate with friends and family: Technology offers a convenient way for people to stay connected through phone calls, text messaging, video chat, social media etc. Check in on others, whether you’re feeling disconnected yourself or are concerned for the well-being of a friend. Phone conversations, web chats, and other means of communication are all available means of maintaining communication throughout periods of isolation.
- Counter unhelpful thoughts with helpful ones: Possible helpful thoughts include considering objective evidence (e.g., most people who catch the virus develop mild symptoms), acknowledging one’s ability to cope with a feared outcome (e.g., if I do get symptoms, I know what to do), looking for the silver lining (e.g., I now have more time to do something I like), expressing gratitude (e.g., I have supportive friends and family), and keeping a longer-term perspective (e.g., this situation is stressful now, but it will pass).
- Support your loved ones: make an effort to reach out simply to check-in with them to talk about their well-being and how they are coping with the situation.
- Get help if you need it: If you start feeling high levels of stress or anxiety due to Corona virus Disease or social distancing, consider reaching out to a mental health treatment provider for help. Some organizations offer virtual therapy or counselling services to provide help while maintaining social distancing.
- Things will get better eventually, and back to normal
- Most people are good, and people are going to persevere and help each other
- You’re tough, you’ve overcome challenges before; this is a new one.
- This is a particularly strange and unprecedented situation; humour helps once in a while.
- If having obsessive or compulsive thoughts related to the virus, or the broader uncertainty, wash your hands once, and then remind yourself that anxiety is normal in this scenario. But the mind also can also play tricks on us. Try to breathe and move the internal discussion on.
- Live in the moment, think about today, less about the next three days, even less about next week; limit thinking about the next few months or years, for now.
There are various technology products which are helping people to maintain social distancing of certain distance at work or another place. Safespace is one of them.
Safepace is great safety technology product of Adstuck which is a digital marketing practice marketing campaign agency working from all over the world with four locations India, Singapore, Estonia and US. Its mission is to provide instant access to a talented workforce to enterprise.
SafeSpace is a unique social distancing tool that can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt and provides an intelligent, proactive social distancing solution, that will help us to get ‘boots back on the ground’ whilst keeping the workforce safe. It does this by providing real-time audible, visual and vibrating alerts when a device identifies another within 2 metres of itself.
It is a non-bulky, wearable technology that can last for more than 12 hours on a single charge, and will help to create a culture of spatial awareness and drive positive behavioural change, protecting employees and helping them to follow government protocols. SafeSpace enables contractors to guarantee the safety and welfare of their workforce, while at the same time ramping up delivery to meet the challenging opportunities being presented in highway maintenance and construction.
Safespace is a Safety technology service provider. It is a location safety system for urban transport. It is a safety system that qualifies, secures and monitors travellers for zero contagion during travel and beyond. During a pandemic situation verifying and qualifying passengers, keeping them separate during all time and securing zones for correct occupancy ratio, queue management I is only way to bring back the world order of community and Safespace helps in this process efficiently.
Products of Safespace are:
- Counter system which limit the entry in a space QADAM sensor
- Cono wearable is a system who alerts distance monitors using their quick sensors, smart monitors servers which monitor access and monitors movements
- ML Omnicloud is a core brain which applies all the algorithms and workflows
- Corerock admin platform is the place that add metros, buses, timing and others
- Cono user’s app known as security centre to keep and feel secures and becoming a quick qualified visitors/traveller.
Safespace provides services for standard and customized application and projects. It is a technology which has
- IOE: the core sensors which collect all the data and alerts
- Pervasive computing: Making access, qualifying and sanitization on auto mode
- Integration platform: Add your existing systems in a whisker
- AR & Machine Learning: The augmented systems to model space and collect probabilistic data from visual
- Cloud Backend: All automations can be pushed on the fly from distance
- Emergency Management: A dedicated team to handle emergency.
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