What is Social Distancing?
Social Distancing is the act of putting physical space between yourself and those around you. COVID-19 is thought to be spread primarily through person-to-person contact. It is important to stay at least six feet away from people as much as possible. Social distancing can be hard. Not being able to see or touch the people you love is a strain that no one wants to feel. This is where technology can be helpful. Try setting up voice or video calls with the people you usually talk to, or go outside on a carefully-distanced walk. NEST is creating programs right now that will help ease the feeling of isolation that comes with not being able to see the people you love or leave your house as often as you like. If you would like to set up a virtual friendly visit, contact the NEST Office to learn more about how we can help.
Why is Social Distancing Important?
The CDC reports that 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 in the US have been people age 65 and over. Since the virus is thought to be spread primarily through person-to-person contact and bodily fluids (like sneezes, coughs, etc.) creating physical distance is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself.
The Mayo Clinic reminds us that it may take between 2 and 14 days after exposure to start showing symptoms. This means that although someone may appear not to be suffering from any symptoms, they might still be carrying the virus and pose a risk of spreading it to you.
If you are 65 years or older and/or have any underlying medical conditions (diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, etc.) you may be at higher risk for contracting a severe, potentially fatal case of COVID-19.
If you have been in close contact with anyone showing signs of a sickness (even just a common cold) your immune system could be compromised and you might be at higher risk for contracting a severe case of COVID-19.
How Can NEST Help You?
Our volunteers are standing by to make store runs for you to decrease the amount of time you spend around potentially infected people.
We are working on developing programming that will keep you engaged and connected while also maintaining safe social distancing.
We would love to have your input on more ways we can help you or ways our volunteers, staff, and board can more effectively combat social isolation during this time of limited contact.
Visit our resources page to learn more about restaurants and grocery stores in the area that are offering free delivery.
Call the NEST Office at (206) 525-6378 or email us with any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have. We are here to support you in any way we can.