Physical distancing…sounds simple, right? So, what is it, and why does everyone keep talking about it? Physical distancing is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to decrease community transmission of an illness. It is one of many actions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of COVID- 19. If we continue to focus on good hygiene, cleaning surfaces and physical distancing, we can all help flatten the curve.
Health Canada recommends we all practice a two-metre physical distance. Well, what does two metres look like anyway? Can you guess? The answer is one ‘moose length’. You read right, a moose! Two metres is also equivalent to a regular sized bicycle and a hockey stick, in case you haven’t been around many moose lately.
Here’s what we mean:
Here are a few other tips to stay safe during this unprecedented time:
- Measure moose lengths to maintain a 2-metre physical distance wherever possible and consider other measures such as physical barriers when it isn’t
- Be diligent about personal hygiene – that means washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and coughing into your elbow
- Avoid prolonged contact with others.
- Ensure your greetings are touchless – no shaking hands or hugging! We recommend the traditional wave or thumbs up (virtual high-fives also work)
- Avoid face-to-face engagements whenever possible – now’s a great time to test out the various technologies out there – virtual meetings, Facebook Live, Facetime on your phone or even just old school regular phone. Whatever works to keep connected!