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With the huge volume of conversation about the Coronavirus, it’s important to find a balance between not letting fake news on Whatsapp create unnecessary anxiety, and understanding how you can do your part to help the situation.
We’re all taking 20 seconds to wash our hands, using hand sanitiser, and not touching our face, but the best way that you can help is social distancing.
What is Social Distancing?
If you’re still not sure what it means, it’s pretty simple, basically it means not engaging in social activity like you usually would, and instead staying at home for the most part, except for things like walks for fresh air, trips to the shop for necessities like food and toiletries, and keeping at least 1 metre away from people when you are out in public.
The problem is that many young people are reportedly not taking the social distancing advice seriously. And are hanging out in large groups. This may be because young people feel like the virus won’t affect them, that it only affects those who are elderly or have an illness or condition, but it’s pretty likely that you know someone who is either elderly or has a condition of some sort. By maintaining social distancing, you’re helping to stop the spread getting to someone like a grandparent or a friend or family member who is ill.
You may have seen a video going around of matchsticks, which shows in simple terms how you stepping away from a social situation, and staying home instead, could save a lot of people.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 15, 2020
Did you really think they’d order you to stay out of school, only for you and your classmates to all hang out? Nope!
Celebs have started using their huge platforms to urge people to stay at home.
Ariana Grande tweeted about social distancing, labeling those who ignore it as ‘selfish’.
“I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal,’ ‘we’ll be fine,’ ‘we still have to go about our lives,’ and it’s really blowing my mind,” the “thank u next” singer wrote in her first tweet. “I understand if that is how you felt weeks ago. But please read about what’s going on. Please don’t turn a blind eye.”
She went on to say it’s “incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly,” adding: “The ‘we will be fine because we’re young’ mindset is putting people who aren’t young and/or healthy in a lot of danger,” she added: “You sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. Like now.”
She went on to say that she understands no everyone has the luxury of staying at home (many of your parents or siblings may still have to work, and there may be places you still have to go.) But it’s about cancelling plans where you can and staying at home where you can.
“I do not mean to disrespect anyone who doesn’t have the privilege of canceled work or being able to call out of their work. But, this is a national emergency, and a pandemic of global proportion.”
Taylor Swift also reached out to her fans, pleading for us to take it seriously.
“Guys, I follow you online and I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now,”
She added: “I’m seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening. This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this. It’s a really scary time, but we need to make social sacrifices right now.”
James Kavanagh, Doireann Garrihy and other Irish influencers also used their platforms to advise people to stay at home.
“Yesterday I was v “ah this is all a bit much, let’s party our way through it” but I’ve had a change of heart.” James Kavanagh admitted. “From listening to experts & receiving messages from healthcare peeps, the better we act now, the better the outcome will be. Our sesh will come”
Doireann urged fans to avoid pubs and parties and to think of their grandparents.
“Hearing some pubs were like “Christmas Eve” last night. I just hope no one who was in one ends up infecting their grandparents. What aren’t people understanding?”
What can you do to keep busy?
We’re lucky to live in an age where we are super connected to our friends and family members at all times. You can chat and share videos and pics with your friends at all times, or even try a covideo party.
If you’re missing a grandparent or family member that you can’t visit, give them a ring.
You can also get organised by cleaning your room or sorting our clothes. Check out our Room Revamp series for inspo!