5 ‘Social Distancing’ Tips For Families To Practise During Lockdown

As the government announces an extended lockdown throughout the country, it has become more and more important for individuals and families to safely practise social distancing. In addition to taking precautions such as regularly cleaning hands and staying indoor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also recommended that families should also maintain distance between themselves and others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This can become challenging for families who have never stayed apart or isolated themselves but with high-risk family members and children around, it is crucial to practise social distancing. If you’re having trouble navigating through this ‘social distancing’ phase, here are few tips that you and your family can practise during lockdown:

 

1. Maintain A Daily Routine And Healthy Lifestyle.

With the outbreak turning our lives upside down, a daily routine is just what you and your family might need right now. Even as you navigate through this chaos, it is important to establish a stay-at-home routine that will help everyone adjust to the drastic changes and not be overwhelmed by this lockdown situation. It is also important to continue practising healthy habits even if you’re not going outside. Besides washing your hands and avoiding direct contact, getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced lifestyle can help your family feel their best while staying at home.

 

2. Follow Basic Hygiene When In Public

This goes without saying that you should stay inside as much as possible and avoid going out, but if you do need to step out to get basic necessities like groceries and medicines, you need to maintain basic hygiene as advised by the government at all times. These include not stepping out without a mask/covering your face, maintaining 1 meter distance from other people and sanitizing your hands frequently.

 

3. Stay Connected With Friends And Relatives

As families and individuals are quarantined in their homes, social media is thriving like never before. This is the perfect time to make use of digital platforms to connect with your friends and relatives virtually. You can get on a video call with your friends you haven’t gotten the time to talk to, connect your kids to their classmates online or simply catch up with your distant relatives.

 

4. Keep Your Child Engaged With Home Activities

With school closures all around the country, kids are locked at home and more likely to get restless and bored. This can be counterproductive for both parents and kids. Therefore, to maintain their mental and physical well being, it is important to regularly engage your kids in fun home activities that you can do as a family. Apart from daily homework and exercises, take out time to help them learn new things like cooking, drawing or learning a new language online. These activities will not only keep them engaged but also prove to be a productive learning experience for them.

Read: 5 Fun Activities For Parents And Children To Do During Lockdown

 

5. Take Extra Care For At- Risk Family Members.

You should be fully aware that certain groups of people like elderly people , pregnant women, or those with underlying illnesses are at a higher risk of contracting the virus and show severity in symptoms than others like children and young adults. Therefore, if you have family members who are at greater risk, it is extremely important that you take special care and avoid going out in public as much as possible.

 

You should be fully aware that certain groups of people like elderly people , pregnant women, or those with underlying illnesses are at a higher risk of contracting the virus and show severity in symptoms than others like children and young adults. Therefore, if you have family members who are at greater risk, it is extremely important that you take special care and avoid going out in public as much as possible.



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