I have come across, read and shared several posts on coronavirus/COVID-19. Never has anyone emphasized the importance of maintaining good relationships at this time of severe requirement of social distance maintenance, or perhaps only few have. Previously, building strong bonds with one’s relatives/family and friends has been clamored for. Achieving this is directly proportional to achieving a peaceful world of ours. With several comments and instructions on the outbreak of coronavirus, it is becoming tougher daily to maintain these social requirements.
With the breakdown of this world pandemic, we have been experiencing family structures crumbling and mass disintegration of the populace from villages to cities and various countries, we’ve lost touch with our relatives and our kin and unfortunately, by default, we’ve cut our ties of kinship.
Ask yourself, how many of your parents, brothers, sisters, and friends do you relate with very well without having an iota of fear in your mind? What about your neighbours? What about your fellow worshippers? Well, no one is mounting the blame on you. It is completely normal. Leaders of various countries around the world are afraid of even being secured, for the next person to you might be a carrier of the virus. Fellow workers do not trust themselves anymore. Neighbours are skeptical about the wellbeing of the person next door. Such has never been exciting until the outbreak.
Many are aware of the Basic protective measures against the coronavirus. Staying aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on some authentic sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) website and through national and local public health authority, is very vital at this point. According to WHO, Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. It is often emphasized that individuals should ensure they Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, practice respiratory hygiene, seek medical care early as soon as you start noticing any of the symptoms of unsound health, and Maintain social distancing.
Why should I maintain social distance?
Should I say this is the easiest question on earth at this moment of the disaster? Without painstaking, you need to maintain social distance to save yourself. Many individuals get it wrong by thinking because they haven’t developed any symptoms and hence, they do not possess the virus, the need to maintain social distance doesn’t arise. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Maintaining social distance simply means protecting yourself, loved ones and in fact enemies. Being free from the virus doesn’t actually mean you cannot contact it. Staying away from social gatherings and avoiding too close distance with individuals is also a measure to protect yourself either from contaminating or spreading.
It has been advised that one should maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between himself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing because when someone coughs or sneezes, they spread small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Similarly, the contact with the virus could be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keep this in mind. It will help you remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.
In fact, social distance maintenance culture could vary and be stricter depending on individual conditions. Though, many authorities even if enforced might not be able to track every person with symptoms who is to stay home. However, understanding and the care for a disease-free society by every individual should drive the instinct towards making a healthy decision. Therefore, If one has fever, cough and difficulty breathing, staying home, or isolating himself is the first step followed by the emergency call. If after being diagnosed, such an individual is confirmed free of the virus, he is still required to remain home in order not to scare others.
To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.
How to maintain relationships amidst COVID-19 outbreak
In the absence of any catastrophic situation or pandemic moment, maintaining good relationships with family and friends requires physical, financial, emotional sacrifices. It requires commitments, willingness and endurance to get to the dream land of successful ties maintenance. Not many are willing to abide by these standards and some others cannot.
Whether in quarantine, isolation or trying to maintain social distance, here are some numerous measures to take in order to maintain the happy relationship you have with family and friends or in fact to rebuild or reunite a lost relationship.
Leverage on social media platforms
Staying away from people, avoiding social gatherings, remaining at home till the end of this outbreak should not lead to the loss of humanity. With the high level of technological development we have experienced so far, it should not be difficult to reach out to loved ones this period despite the need to be physically distant.
Below is the list of few of the social media platforms we could take advantage of this period.
Being the second most used social media platform in the world, whatsapp could help you keep track of your relatives in a great way. It gives room for one on one chat. You can also create a group chat where you add your family members, or league of friends, any category of our choice.
Embedded within these applications as well is the choice to make calls. Be it audio or video calls. In fact, WhatsApp permits a video conference for at most four people at a time. Isn’t that interesting. So, maintaining social distance shouldn’t be difficult at this time with the presence of these tools. Finding it difficult to use? Get help.
At this point in time, I should probably not be teaching you what facebook is, however, to make the point clearer, facebook also offers several options on their website or mobile app where you can reach out to loved ones at this critical moment. Be it through the use of facebook live, facebook messenger or what have you. Get in touch with loved ones and don’t be afraid of losing them.
Find out how you can set up the internet for your family to make calls/video calls using available tools like skype, imo, google duo etc.. Once they figure it out, forget social distance.
Create Mutual Understanding
Making this point clear is very essential. I can imagine what some individuals feel like when you ignore them in a way to create the required distance. Do not be offended. It is upon you to make them understand by highlighting some of the earlier mentioned points on the benefits. This is mutual. If you compromise as well, you have put the entire nation at risk. I was, during this period, approaching a friend where we were about exchanging pleasantries through handshake, though I forgot, he quickly reminded me and we both smiled and greeted in a more secure manner. Yes, that is love. Do not be offended if someone also fails to understand. We have endurance capacity at varying levels. Despite the number of cases and death, some still have the impression that it remains unreal. Such a person might see social distancing as being too extreme.
Get their contact details
Whether it’s a phone number, an e-mail address, Facebook profile, MSN messenger, Skype or Twitter ID! (trust me, you’ll be surprised!) Find out all your relatives’ contact details and update your address book accordingly. Send a broadcast message to them. Share precaution tips, make prayers and wish them safe and see how much they happily acknowledge your effort.
Spend on them
This is just one of the best times to extend kindness to family and friends. With the guide by WHO and instructions by governments of affected countries, showing care for family, friends, neighbours cannot be needed more than this. Stores are closing, businesses are going down, the economical situation of the world as a whole is crumbling. When else would one need the support of the other. Inculcating this habit at this critical moment will ensure our physical distance doesn’t lead to mind distance. It will make everyone feel someone out there actually cares for me. Make use of the internet/mobile transfers, send food items, gifts to make life livable for your folks. This is the best time.
You could experience knockings on your door, ringing on your phones, frequent rings on your doorbell. Do not be offended. Give the audience at reasonable distances or via phone calls as noted. Some situations could as well warrant emergency needs. Try to be sure of the situation before transferring your aggressiveness. Some could be in need of food and couldn’t find a way except through the possible means of communication. Imagine you are their saviour and no one else.
Try to understand
While we are trying to guide ourselves on not losing it this period on matters that have to do with relations. This is quite important to mention that it could also be the other way round. While you are trying to extend kind gestures to some, they might perhaps return it ill-mannered. Don’t be offended. The fear of coronavirus is the beginning of protection. Don’t get it from the word but take it as a positive gesture from them as they are trying to secure you by securing themselves.
Share the information
Making your family/friends/relatives aware of the situation on ground will help you have a healthy time with them amidst the social distancing commotion. Share the information you have. Make the tips available to them. With that, you will talk less. They will understand every bit of your move and won’t be offended.