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by Cyrusher Team April, 11, 2020
COVID-19 is changing life as we know it but there are ways to make social distancing a little easier, both now and going forward as we reshape our lives.
There are a lot of different opinions about when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over and when we can expect life to return to normal. Some experts suggest that it may take up to two years for life to look anything like it once did.
Even once we can safely attend public events and get together in larger groups again, there’s a real chance we will need to make some permanent adjustments to the way we live our day-to-day lives. It’s only now that we’re in the midst of this major event that we realise how many things require us to be surrounded by others.
While COVID-19 is currently at the heart of everything that’s going on in the world, what’s to say that another virus can’t arise in the future? To decrease the chances of this happening, we all need to start making changes that will make our health and wellbeing a priority, both now and in the future.
The Main Culprits
While there are some spaces and daily activities that can easily be adapted to meet social distancing requirements, there are others that require a little more thought.
For example, unique spaces such as a doctor’s office or spa can easily cater to social distancing requirements. Spacing out appointments and taking the time to clean and disinfect the environment are just some of the measures that can help curb the spread of a virus both now and in the future.
Restaurants have even started seating people a table or two apart to ensure that there is an appropriate amount of space between patrons.
All businesses are finding ways to keep staff, customers and themselves safe during this trying time.
Then there are spaces that can’t be controlled as easily, public transport being one of them. Right now, most forms of public transport are no longer available and for good reason. Once life starts to return to normal, however, how will we ensure that these spaces aren’t creating unnecessary hazards? The answer lies in all of us making small changes for the greater good.
Avoiding Unnecessary Deaths Through Social Distancing
As you probably already know, fever and a cough are two of the primary symptoms of COVID-19. There are a number of other symptoms that can also present, including aches, pain, fatigue and a sore throat. However, the severity of these symptoms will differ for everyone – this is where the problem comes in.
One of the main reasons why this virus has managed to spread far and wide is because many people are unknowingly spreading it. You may believe that you’re completely healthy but that small tickle in your throat could be a very mild symptom associated with COVID-19. So, you go about your day as normal, even when others are self-isolating, unknowingly spreading the virus as you go.
Social distancing has been put in place for this exact reason and it only works if everyone does their part. Even after this pandemic is brought under control, there’s a high chance that specific measures will be put in place to prevent the formation and spread of existing and unknown viruses.
So, what are the steps that you can take to start incorporating social distancing into your everyday life so that it feels like a normal part of life hereafter?
Thanks to technology, isolation and social distancing have been made a lot more bearable. Technological solutions will continue to simplify and enhance our lives well into the future, especially after an event such as this.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the solutions that will contribute to the prevention of unnecessary interactions and activities in spaces that are generally overcrowded.
Cyrusher has created a range of electric bikes that will help others adhere to pandemic isolation and social distancing regulation and laws. When you can’t rely on public transport and would prefer to keep social distancing norms in play after this pandemic, an electric bike is the ideal solution.
Technological solutions such as this will go a long way in helping people lead healthier, more responsible lives. Fat tire electric bikes are comfortable and a lot of fun to ride, which makes getting exercise that much easier. The smart bike computer has a twist grip throttle and visual operation control unit to control speed, while the puncture-resistant fat tires provide great traction across multiple terrains. When you’re not using the ebike mode, there is also the pedal assisted and normal pedal mode, so you get to choose how much exercise you want to get.Each bike is also very easy to charge on or off the frame. Fat tire electric bikes are particularly useful for the elderly who may not be able to risk taking public transport for the next year or two but still want a comfortable way to get around. Many countries are already a hub for electric bikes and scooters and hereafter, a product such as this would be more of an investment than a nice-to-have.
There has also been a significant increase in online shopping during this time, a trend that is bound to continue as we find ways to normalise our lives again. To continue limiting your exposure to potentially harmful viruses hereafter, find apps and websites that you love and shop online as much as possible. The convenience of having everything delivered right to your door is an added bonus. Until the pandemic has been brought under control, however, both local and international deliveries will be delayed.
There are a lot of activities that will allow you to keep busy and get out of the house that don’t require you to be in a group. This is not to say that group activities should be completely avoided once things have stabilised, it’s simply a way to encourage you to try new things and think outside the box. If you live in an area where you’re able to spend time outdoors, hiking is a healthy and enjoyable way to spend your spare time when you want to continue practicing as much social distancing as possible. Cycling is another way to spend time being active and healthy without having to be in close contact with others. As mentioned previously, electric bikes can be an investment in your health. There are even major sporting events that are now opening up electric bike divisions to cater to these groups. Naturally, activities of this nature should be avoided depending on the regulations that your government is currently enforcing. However, after the lockdown period, activities such as hiking and cycling are something to explore.
Reusable masks are a top buy at the moment and chances are, they will remain a popular purchase for the next year or two. If you haven’t already, investing in a reusable mask is another way that you can safely enter public and crowded space, while reducing your risk of exposure.
Just keep in mind that it will still be necessary to practice good hygiene if you want measures such as a mask to be effective. There’s no doubt that good hygiene will become a lot more important following this pandemic and may well include the regular use of masks, at least until the world is definitely in the clear. Plus, doing your part will only strengthen the positive effects in your town or city. For some time, hereafter, we can definitely expect to see masks a lot more often, particularly on public transport and in airports. The KN95 face mask from Cyrusher is reusable and recyclable. Each mask includes 5 filters, each of which can be used for 3 - 5 days.
If your calendar is generally filled with a number of events, particularly those that require you to spend several hours in a large group, make a concerted effort to limit them. If there is one thing that this pandemic is teaching us it’s that we need to refocus on what’s important. The importance of spending more time at home with the people we love is just one of the key takeaways. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting event attendance and spending less time in crowded places will become more prevalent. In fact, many artists and musicians have been using technology to keep entertaining and interacting with their audiences. There is a high chance that this trend will continue. Those who can’t attend live events will now more than likely be able to purchase a virtual ticket. More inclusion without the need for a physical presence could very well become more prominent in our society.
During the current pandemic, many employees are working from home. It’s also getting employers to see that giving employees the option to work remotely can be successfully implemented. If you’re finding that working from home is helping you be more productive, why not carry this through once worldwide lockdowns have been lifted? Not all employers may be willing to make this a permanent change but there’s a good chance that most will be willing to let employees spend more time working from home going forward. Fortunately, many employers were forced to put measures in place that will allow for the continuation of work, which means these capabilities will still be in place hereafter. This is just another way that we can carry on implementing healthy levels of social distancing following this worldwide pandemic.
Continuing to practice social distancing after the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves completely, it simply means doing more to maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.