Social distancing has become the most discussed topic since Covid-19 hit the United States and more recently, Sedgwick County. How does social distancing in Wichita work and why is it important for older and immunocompromised people to comply?
Social distancing means that you should stay home whenever possible and if it’s not possible, stay at least six feet away from others when you are out.
During this time, all non-emergency appointments should be rescheduled and errands, such as grocery shopping should be done by someone who isn’t a high risk for infection. All travel should be avoided at this time as well.
In addition, crowds should be avoided. As of March 23, 2020, the Governor of Kansas is limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less. Many church services are now online, many businesses have closed or are working from home to avoid gathering too many people together in one place.
Friends and family are your best option during this time to bring groceries and help run errands. If you don’t have a friend, family member, or service such as our sister company, All Saints Home Care, to help bring groceries, you can order groceries online through services such as Instacart and even Amazon.
Restaurant delivery is also an option for meals. As many restaurants are affected economically by this pandemic, several have adopted delivery options to stay open.
Some pharmacies may offer delivery options as well for some medications. Talk to your pharmacy about the options they have available.
People over age 65 are at an increased risk for complications due to Covid-19 infection so the practice of social distancing is important to staying healthy in a pandemic.
Those who are recovering from a surgery, cancer treatments, or who have chronic health conditions, such as those served by the staff at All Saints Health are at increased risk as well.
Covid-19 is highly contagious and those who have been infected often don’t realize it for more than a week, which means they are contagious and spreading the virus wherever they go. Social distancing reduces your chances of coming into contact with someone who is infected, which reduces your chance of becoming sick.
Because there are no vaccines for Covid-19, and no known treatments, the best way to avoid the virus is to avoid others. However, this can feel isolating. It’s important to stay in contact with those you love via phone or through apps like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. These technologies are a great way to stay connected without making physical contact.
Until Covid-19 has been controlled, it's important for everyone—especially seniors and those who have weak immune systems or chronic health issues—to practice social distancing.