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Social distancing is the new 2020

   Residence Services Team  |  Mar 17, 2020

You may have heard the term “social distancing” being used quite frequently to describe a wide variety of behaviours to limit the spread of viruses like COVID-19.

But what does social distancing look like in residence?

Social distancing does not necessarily mean staying away from everyone all the time—it can simply mean taking the appropriate measures to limit risk. Some measures include avoiding large groups and coming into close personal contact.

COVID-19 spreads through person to person contact, or an individual coming into contact with something that an unwell individual recently handled. That's why all the memes and information about washing your hands are so important. Frequent handwashing and avoiding close personal contact with others can help limit the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

However, remember that avoiding close personal contact does not mean no contact. Maybe don't high-five, handshake or hug, but still say "hello" in the hallway! Connecting with your friends and community is an important protective factor in maintaining wellbeing. Simply explore new ways to stay connected with family, friends, and your residence community—such as using technology or maintaining a safe distance apart. Remember, we are all in this together!

If you’re unsure about what precautions to take, Alberta Health Services outlines all of the latest guidelines and advice to protect your health.

The health and safety of our community is our utmost priority and it is always a good idea to take precautions in residence. This means staying away from large crowds, keeping a respectful distance from others, and practicing good personal hygiene.

Check out our list of 15 things you can do in residence while social distancing!