Category: COVID-19

A Guide on Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently issued guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID19. A critical component of these measures include the practice of social distancing, which can be defined as the conscious effort to reduce close contact between individuals in an attempt to stymie community transmission of the virus.

A GUIDE TO THE LOS ANGELES LOCKDOWN

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shows a Memorandum with COVID-19 city departments guidelines, as he takes questions at a news conference in LA, Thursday, March 12, 2020.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

On Sunday, the CDC recommended against gatherings of 50 people or more over the next eight weeks at least. Los Angeles has taken these measures one step further, implementing a lockdown the likes of which we have never seen before in modern times.

In this lockdown, the following places of business are closed:

  • Movie Theaters
  • Live Performance Venues
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Arcades
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers
  • All Bars & Nightclubs that do not serve food
  • All Private Social Clubs

Here are some additional details you should be familiar with:

  • All bars that serve food and restaurants can still serve food via takeout or delivery service. Dine-in services have been prohibited.
  • Houses of worship have been encouraged to limit large gatherings and remain mindful of social distancing.
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and food banks will continue to operate as normal.
  • All Los Angeles Unified School District campuses – and many others around the region – are closed.

To read more on the Los Angeles lockdown, click here.

SOCIAL DISTANCING DOS AND DON’TS

In spite of these guidelines, for the average asymptomatic patient, there are still a number of gray areas. In searching for further clarification, our team came across a great article by the Atlantic. In it, public health experts weigh in on areas of ambiguity within social distancing.

Here are some of the highlights:

Small Social Gatherings

Throwing a small get-together with some friends falls within this gray zone of confusion. While the general consensus is that these social gatherings should be avoided, if you do find yourself at such an event, it is imperative to maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and be mindful to disinfect places that people constantly touch such as doorknobs, the bathroom faucet, etc.

Decreasing the size of the gatherings and increasing distance between individuals (the CDC recommends at least 6 feet) are also great measures to take to stop the spread of this virus.

The Golden Rule for distance between yourself and others, according to the CDC, is at least six feet.

Dating & Relationships

Although more cautious experts are recommending FaceTime and phone calls over in-person dates, the general consensus is that dating is fine as long as you believe with reasonable confidence that both yourself and your date are healthy. With this in mind, it is important to still avoid large crowds, as well as indoor activities where individuals touch common surfaces.

Working Out & The Gym

Although all public gyms are closed in Los Angeles, we recommend that you continue to exercise. As working out at home is not an option for some, going outside for walks or bike rides in relatively empty areas is a great way to burn some calories.

Public Transportation

First and foremost, if you have the ability to work from home you should be doing that.

For those who do not have that option, however, public transportation should be a last resort. Walking to work – assuming your commute is in an area that allows you maintain a distance of six feet or more between yourself and others – is your best to avoid transmission. Your next best option would be to take ride-shares such as Uber and Lyft. Doing this would minimize the number of individuals you are contact with to the driver, but the number of people getting in and out of the car is worrisome.

We understand, however, that some individuals rely on public transportation for their work commute. If forced to, make sure to take the proper precautions – disinfect your seat, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face.

Visiting Elderly or Immunocompromised Loved Ones

We recommend avoiding face-to-face interactions with elderly or immunocompromised individuals, as these populations are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 complications.

Haircuts & Other Non-Essential Appointments

Because such appointments are essentially one-on-one interactions, they fall under the same recommendations as dating. It is generally agreed upon that they are fine as long as you do not fall under more at-risk patient populations such as the elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

To read more on good social distancing practice, click here.