Social Distancing 101: How to Stay Healthy And Happy During COVID-19

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Pandemics, like COVID-19, show us just how interconnected humans truly are. 

Spreading germs is as easy as touching an infected surface, touching your face with unwashed hands, or being in a 6-foot radius of an infected person’s uncovered cough (CDC). Social distancing helps slow the spread of infection by limiting the number of interactions people have in a day. 

At this point, the name of the game is #FlatteningTheCurve. This means it’s inevitable the virus will spread, but it’s up to us to help slow the spread so the healthcare system can effectively treat those who need it most. We can do this by creating physical distance between ourselves and others. In today’s digital age, social distancing really just means physical distancing since we can stay socially connected via technology. 

One way Nextep is doing our part is by empowering our people to work from home and keeping the number of people in our office to a minimum. We’ve worked to put technology in place so our employees are able to service clients from anywhere. We’re all in this together, and it’s up to each business and individual to do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

When social distancing, avoid group gatherings such as concerts, athletic events, malls, and public transit. Follow local guidelines when it comes to visiting restaurants, picking up groceries, and traveling. 

The good news is: there are a few things that never go out of style, even when social distancing. You can take a walk around your neighborhood, play games with your family, read a good book, drive around town, meditate for some extra peace of mind, or make a nice home-cooked meal. Here are few more social distancing tips:

Social Distancing Tips

  • Move to digital interaction as much as you can. Use direct deposit for payments and opt for texting/calling rather than in-person visits. Work from home if possible and use video conference calls to stay in touch with colleagues.
  • Have groceries or food delivered to your house rather than going out to get them.
  • Schedule FaceTime dates with people who don’t live in your home. It’s even good to do this with co-workers! Some of our teams are scheduling extra huddles to stay connected.
  • Instead of going into the gym, practice yoga or do an at-home workout to reduce stress and boost your immune system. Drink water and eat healthy meals while you’re at it! 

While social gatherings outside the home have been put on hold, you can still remain connected to other people. The reality is, human beings are wired for social connection. But in times like these where physical distance is required, we can lean on technology to keep us connected. 

As always, we’re here to help if you need us. You can email info@nextep.com, find us in the help or chat section of your account, or give us a call at 888.811.5150.

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