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Posted: 28 Jul 2020 By: Rashi Chaudhary

Social Distancing: The Right Approach While People Don't Follow Social Distancing

The nationwide lockdown rules and restrictions are lifting slowly all over India. The government is allowing private offices, shopping malls, religious places etc. to reopen in some places like Delhi which means now we have to be extra careful when stepping out.

While we are doing our best to protect ourselves from getting exposed to the deadly virus there are many people out there violating social distancing norms which is among the best practices to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.

You may see many people roaming around without a mask on or walking too close to you when shopping. This can cause tension and anger to see such careless people who are risking the health of other people so openly.

But, you don’t need to freak out! Here’s what you gotta do to ensure your safety as well of others in a challenging situation like this.

Avoid Crowded Places

The best measure to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid large gatherings and crowded places where possible. Only leave the house if it’s incredibly important and you have no other option. Wear masks, gloves, keep sanitizer handy, and maintain an appropriate distance with everyone.

I know you might be craving a visit to the shopping mall or a meal at your favourite restaurant, but during these uncertain times, staying in is the best option to limit exposure with others. Control yourself, your actions and stay positive.

Politely Convince Others

Yesterday I went to the supermarket for grocery shopping. Suddenly, at the bill counter, two people came and stood too close to me. Honestly, I was angry and irritated on seeing this careless behaviour.

But, I thought to handle the situation politely rather than be arrogant. So, I told them to maintain some distance and wait for their turn patiently in the queue to minimize the risk of getting infected which they also ultimately agreed. What I am trying to convey is being generous while approaching the concerned person rather than losing your cool is a far better alternative to anger.

Contact the Responsible Authority

If the situation is not under control. I would recommend you to contact the responsible authority to help deal with the matter. There is always a person-in-charge or the manager to look after if any problem occurs in the case of grocery shops, shopping malls, restaurants and cinema halls.

Reach out to them and get them to listen about the whole scenario in which people are risking their lives from getting infected by not wearing masks or not maintaining at least 2-3m distance from each other.

Use Social Media

Generally, we want to record everything, both good and bad, to put it online without giving a second thought. You should think before posting anything about any situation as it may negatively harm the person involved.

Instead of promoting bad behaviour of people violating any rules to places you visit or on public transport, take advantage of social media to spread positivity. For example, you can wear masks or gloves and post a picture about the precautions to take while you step out. People like to follow the online trend. It’s a better way to convince people to follow precautionary measures as opposed to spreading negativity.

Distance Yourself

Those who are sharing their homes like in hostels or PGs find it a bit more difficult to deal with such people. You can’t point out every time to maintain social distance and wash hands frequently to the person you’re living with. It can cause clashes and damage your relationships with them as well.

For this reason, set a line and stay separately if this problem persists for a long time. When you distance yourself, your partner will surely realize the seriousness of the problem. This is an effective strategy to follow.

Talk to Your Beloved Ones

It’s not just about strangers though, even your family members might not be taking the virus seriously. Potentially your kids are not well aware of the importance of taking the right precautions in the current scenario or the elderly in your family are going out and taking things lightly.

If this is the case then I would recommend you to talk to them personally. Talk about your concern but also listen to them and what they have to say. Don’t ask them to change their behavior rather ask what they are doing for self-protection and then suggest key actions that you can take so that everyone is happy and comfortable.

Have A Nutritious Diet

Ultimately, it depends on the fighting ability of our body to fend off any infections and stay healthy. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to get high on a nutrient-enriched diet that makes our gut stronger and healthier.

Make it a habit to include the given below immunity booster as a part of your daily intake to stay healthy and protected.

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potato
  • Vitamin C enriched fruits like oranges, mandarins, kiwis, grapefruits, berries and lemons
  • Low-fat yogurt

Final Thoughts

Everyone reacts differently to the crisis. You cannot change the mindset of all, however you can definitely insist that they follow the changing lockdown rules or any restrictions that the government is imposing to ensure safety and flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Nobody wants to be sick during this uncertain time. Considering the shared tips and tricks, you can help yourself and the others from falling ill.

Let’s help each other out to come out of this fatal experience safer and healthier!

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