The outspread of coronavirus has forced people all over the world to change ways of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented many rules and guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many public health organizations have forced people to stay at home as much as possible. Even work and the school has also shifted to home within your computers. If you stay home with your household member or alone, it is helping you stay safe and the other people too. However, if you go out, that could affect a lot of people, including your family members.
According to the World Health Organization Survey, “Bereavement, isolation, loss of income, and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones. Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety. Meanwhile, COVID-19 itself can lead to neurological and mental complications, such as delirium, agitation, and stroke. People with pre-existing mental, neurological, or substance use disorders are also more vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection and may stand a higher risk of severe outcomes and even death.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing,” according to a new WHO survey. It shows how much staying alone can affect your health.
But if we think logically, there is a whole lot of options in these two scenarios; staying home and going out. The spectrum of risk provided by the CDC can help you spend your time safely by choosing the lower risk options for socializing.
The benefit of being social
For many of us, having a healthy mind required socializing with our friends and family, exercising, spending time in the park, physical intimacy, and other activities. The first and foremost important benefit of being social is a healthy brain. When you fresh up there, your whole body is active. Mental health, if not taken care of, can damage your physical health. So, it is essential to take care of yourself in this pandemic. You will find ways how you can socialize with your friends and family during this pandemic. But, before that, here are the precautions that you need to take before you go out.
Precautions by CDC:
- Wash your hands. Take care of the hand. You can use water and plain soap or antimicrobial soap, or even hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Use facemask, gloves, and eyewear when you go out.
- Take care of respiratory hygiene.
- Disinfect the personal devices and belongings.
- Disinfect and clean the environmental surfaces.
Now that you have the precautionary measures in your head. Let us look at the ways you can choose for socializing during this outrageous virus spread.
Hang out with an old friend
Well, maintain social distance while visiting a friend cannot be that hard. You can meet your friend or family member somewhere outside the house. Try to choose a one-on-one meeting with your friend instead of meeting all of them together.
Wear a mask while you enjoy the conversation. You can have a mean together while maintaining a 6-feet distance. You can go on a walk or hiking to a less crowded place. Another way you can catch up with friends is to park your cars in a parking lot and enjoy the conversations while practicing social distancing.
The social gathering that follows CDC Guidelines
If you are weighing the risk of attending a social event, you need to minimize the infection risk. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind before you leave for the event:
- An outdoor event is better than an indoor event.
- Try to maintain a social distance from everyone who is not from your household, and practice other precautions as well.
- Bringing your utensils could be a good idea. You will not have to touch any of the things other people have touched.
- You can wear a facemask before going to a party.
- Try to disinfect and sanitize your hands before and after going to the event.
- When you are washing your hands, make sure you wash them for 20 seconds.
Few health conditions have more chances of getting COVID-19, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and a compromised immune system. If you suffer from any of these illnesses, it is better to avoid crowded gatherings.
Virtual Meetings with family and friends
Well, technology surely helps everywhere. You can “meet” your friends and have a heart-to-heart with them about your life through different calling apps. It can be a small group or just you or your old friend. Skype, Zoom, and Google hangouts are a few platforms that offer such features that can help you have a virtual meeting with your loved ones. However, supervised these meetings if your kids are the ones attending them. You can monitor their online activities for their safety using XNSPY. These meetings are safe from COVID-19 exposure, yet they can be a source of cyberbullying. So, make sure your loved ones are away from such online hazards along with the worldly pandemic. Social gatherings or interactions can increase the risk. But, if we follow the given safety measures and continue the social distance from people outside the household, this may reduce the risk. You do not know how this pandemic is going to last so, take care of your mental health along with your physical health.