While some of us fortunate enough to have a company allow us to telework, other families are not that fortunate. These families put their selves at risk everyday to provide a service - be it in retail, salons, restaurants, bars/nightclubs, or the entertainment industries.
The Guardian has shared a podcast from Science Weekly called "COVID-19: How Effective is Social Distancing?" In the podcast, Ian Sample speaks with Professor Deirdre Hollingsworth - an infectious disease modeler from Oxford University. In the podcast, she mentions that in the beginning there is a high peak, but after a big spike, the virus starts to flatten out. She mentions that the whole community is at risk, which makes social distancing an important practice. Pre-symptomatic and post-symptomatic individuals can continue to spread COVID-19 within and outside of their household. Therefore, isolation is beneficial for both your family and the public.
Social distancing has some major social consequences. Individuals could get laid off from work due to patrons not frequenting the establishment. In this case, I would urge those affected by this financially to file for unemployment and to see what alternative options are available to those affected by social distancing.
Some key factors to measure the effectiveness of social distancing is difficult to determine given the incubation period of the virus. This makes the control of the disease very difficult, and makes isolation very important. When the social distancing and isolation controls are lifted there is the chance of a resurgence in COVID-19.
So, what are some effective ways to practice social distancing:
Healthcare workers at an extreme risk of contracting COVID-19 and any other infectious disease. Above all when asked if you are symptomatic or in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19, HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.