#socialdistancing, but stay connected

March 21, 2020By

People around the world are asked to help slow the spread of COVID-19, to avoid more people get infected and our medical systems get overwhelmed.

Social Distancing

We are all asked to practice social distancing. In practice, social distancing mostly means avoiding close contact with people, and also public spaces, where surfaces may be contaminated. This holds us back from meeting with friends, for lunches, for fun activities with fellows, or any other social events.

This is not a snow day

We understand, it can be very hard to totally change our habits. We are social creatures with all these built-in human needs and desires, who like to connect with each other.

But it should be clear by now, that what we do, or don’t do, over the next week will have a massive impact. (Source: “This is not a snow day”

“I saw people from my window outside playing in the park together, and I thought, ‘This is crazy,’” said Dr. Bitton, executive director of Ariadne Labs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Why did we close the schools if we’re going to shift social contact from the schools to the playground?” (Source: NYTimes)

Social distance but don’t disconnect socially 

We like to emphasise that it should not mean actual disconnection socially from each other.

Please, exercise, take walks/runs, bike outside, but stay connected to friends and family through phone, video, and other social media. When you go outside, do your best to maintain at least two meters between you and others. 

The best ways we can show love to the people we care about is to step back and to stay away. In many cases that takes courage, and it takes speaking out over the social norms.

The paradox is that it could create new closeness

The social sacrifices can even open up new possibilities. Paradoxically, the physical distance might create new closeness. We contact old friends more often, strengthen ties that had become loose, we get closer to people we haven’t known before. Families, neighbours, friends move closer.

Home is not a safe place for everyone.

However, following the recent developments, it makes us think a lot about the less fortune ones. The IWCR members support charities with primary focus on helping families, young mothers, the elderly and the abused both in Riga and the Latvian countryside. 

The encouragement to distance yourself socially or ‘self-isolate’ to slow down the spread of COVID-19, means to some they are currently living in fear. Avoiding non-essential travel, working from home and avoiding general gatherings, is potentially dangerous for people experiencing domestic abuse trapped inside with their abusers.

We like to reassure those experiencing abuse that they are not alone. The services by the charity organisations remain open – please make use of the services and get in contact over the phone, online, by text or by email.

Everyone needs to give up a little something. 

The world as we know it is going through challenges and changes right now. The key is to form a new social compact where everyone is giving up a little something. 

System reset. Cool down. Form the future.

We look forward to see you all soon again.

#stayathome #stayhealthy #stayconnected

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