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21
Jun

Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) — Health

Another natural remedy for losing weight that has raised a few eyebrows is a substance called 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). In fact, its been called into question for its safety record. 5-HTP actually replaced tryptophan supplements banned due to its link to a rare and potentially deadly blood disorder. Also, there has been a difference of opinion…

Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) — Health
10
Jun

Solving the Autism Problem — Health

There is no one therapy that does it all. And, to complicate it further, like most “mental” problems”, it’s not simple to diagnose. In the younger ages, it’s easily confused with mental retardation, or brain damage. What are the known causes of autism? Perhaps the best known today is the usage of mercury ( thimeroserol)…

Solving the Autism Problem — Health
5
Jun

After COVID-19, we must rethink how we find and produce new drugs — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: André Loesekrug-Pietri, Chairman, Joint European Disruptive Initiative & Thomas Hermans, Programme Manager, JEDI Covid19 GrandChallenge, and Professor, University of Strasbourg How we produce and distribute any vaccine is an issue we need to address. The nature of the […]

After COVID-19, we must rethink how we find and produce new drugs — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
4
Jun

© Reuters/Hannah Mckay Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Face coverings will be compulsory for passengers on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries in England from June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

“As of Monday 15th of June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport,” he told a daily COVID-19 news conference. “That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings, it means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home.

“The evidence suggests that wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection, against the spread of the virus,” he added.

(Reporting by David Milliken and Estelle Shirbon, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

a man standing in front of a wall: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London© Reuters/Hannah Mckay Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Face coverings will be compulsory for passengers on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries in England from June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

“As of Monday 15th of June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport,” he told a daily COVID-19 news conference. “That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings, it means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home.

“The evidence suggests that wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection, against the spread of the virus,” he added.

(Reporting by David Milliken and Estelle Shirbon, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

sources : Microsoft news

1
Jun

The Liquefaction of Healthcare Services: Consequences and Possible Solutions — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Vinícius Shinoda Pereira and Mr. Gabriel Dallazem de Farias, two fourth year medical students from Cesumar University Center – UniCesumar, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

The Liquefaction of Healthcare Services: Consequences and Possible Solutions — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
27
May

7 Breathing Exercises for Better Sleep

Learn to Channel Your Relaxation

By Arlin Cuncic  Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD

Steven Gans

Updated on April 04, 2020

Breathing exercises can be helpful to reduce stress and anxiety and help you to relax at bedtime. The following seven breathing exercises can all be done easily on your own to help encourage your body and mind to relax and make sleep easier.1

Abdominal Breathing

Man lying on couch with eyes closed.
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Abdominal breathing refers to deep breathing into the abdomen rather than shallow breathing in the chest. The following steps will make sure that you are breathing from your diaphragm.

1. Lie down with your legs straight and slightly apart. Point your toes outward, put your arms at your side gently, make sure your palms are facing up, and close your eyes.

2. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.

3. Notice which hand rises the most as you inhale.

4. If the hand on your chest rises the most as you inhale, focus on filling your stomach (bottom of your lungs) full of air before you reach the top. The easy way to do this is to try and force your abdomen to rise as you breathe. Over time, this gets easier.

As you breathe, be sure to inhale through your nose and then exhale through your mouth. Keep your face relaxed as you do this. Breathe in and out while counting to make sure that you are breathing slowly. Relax and focus on the sound of your breath.

Continue breathing like this for a period of time such as 5 or 10 minutes. Practice this type of breathing regularly, such as once a day.

Once you’ve become better at engaging in deep abdominal breathing, practice it when you find yourself becoming anxious or tense.

This type of breathing is useful in that it helps to slow down the various functions in your body that can keep you tense and anxious.1 Allowing yourself to deep breathe will slow your heart rate and make it easier to drift off to sleep.2

Repeating a Mantra

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Once you have mastered the art of abdominal breathing, you can add in a mantra that helps you to focus on the relaxation aspect of your breath. Follow the steps below to add in a mantra while you breathe.

1. Lie down and get comfortable or sit in a relaxing position.

2. As you breathe deeply through to your abdomen, say a phrase to yourself in your head such as “Inhale relaxation.”

3. Then, as you breathe out and release the air from your abdomen, say “Exhale tension.”

Be sure to pause before you exhale and before you inhale. As you exhale, become aware of any tension in your body and let it go.

You can even use your imagination to picture your body accepting relaxation and letting go of tension. Picture these experiences as visual events such as air moving in and out of your body.

Continue doing this for 5 to 10 minutes until you start to feel sleepy.3

4-7-8 Breathing Routine

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The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is another way to relax so that you can fall asleep.2 Follow the steps below to practice this type of breathing.

1. Sit with your back straight.

2. Place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth and keep it there.

3. Exhale through your mouth and make a “whooshing” sound.

4. Close your mouth and inhale in through your nose to a count of four.

5. Hold this breath and count to seven.

6. Then, exhale out through your mouth while making the same “whoosh” sound and count to eight.

9. If you complete this cycle, you have done one breath. Now go back and do this again three more times so that you have completed the cycle for four breaths in total.

It’s important to note that when you breathe like this, you should inhale quietly but exhale while making a nose. Keep your tongue in the same spot throughout the whole exercise. Make sure that you maintain the ratio of time for inhale/holding/exhale as this is what is most important.

If you want to do everything faster the first few times you do this (if you find holding your breath for this long is difficult), feel free to modify the time and work your way up as you get accustomed to the exercise.

Practice breathing like this twice a day (again, only do four breaths at a time). Do this consistently for one month. As you grow more confident you can extend to eight breaths.

Now, when you find yourself unable to sleep, practice your 4-7-8 breaths4

Body Scan

Woman lying and breathing.
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Have you heard of the body scan technique to help you relax and fall asleep? This technique involves scanning your body for signs of tension so that you can overcome these and fall asleep.3 Follow the steps below to practice this technique.

1. Lie down in bed and focus on relaxing as you exhale.

2. Feel the bed underneath you and how it is supporting you as you continue to exhale and relax.

3. Visualize each part of your body, starting at your head and moving through your whole body to look for spots that feel tense. As you move through your body, exhale and focus on relaxing tense muscles.

4. After you’ve finished looking for tension throughout your body, focus on your exhales. As you exhale, repeat a mantra to yourself that helps to induce sleep such as simply the word “sleep” or another cue that helps you to start to drift off.

Follow this technique and you should find both your mind and body start to relax. Before you know it, you will be drifting off to sleep!5

Counting While Breathing

Woman lying in bed at night.
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Did you know that counting can help you to fall asleep? Follow the advice below to help you count your way to a better night’s sleep.2

1. Lie down in bed, focus on exhaling your breath, and try your best to relax.

2. Feel the bed supporting you underneath as you exhale and relax.

3. Count from one to 10 and then backward from 10 to one, but pair the counts with your exhales.

4. Keep repeating this sequence until you fall asleep.

There are many variations on this counting breaths theme. For example, you could count backward from 99 to help you fall asleep. See what works best for you and practice it until you feel sleepy.6

Breathing Imagery

Woman lying in bed with eyes closed.
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Focusing on the rhythm of your breathing is another way to help you fall asleep.3 The following steps allow you to take advantage of this method of becoming relaxed at bedtime.

1. Lie down in bed and start to focus on the relaxation that you feel as you exhale your breath.

2. Feel your bed supporting you as you step down into a relaxed state while you exhale.

3. As you become more relaxed, focus your exhales and notice how you feel when you do them. Examples of sensations might include sinking into the bed, a feeling of things slowing down, a feeling of heaviness, or even sometimes feeling like you have more patience.

4. As you become relaxed, start to imagine that your breath is made up of colors. Watch as you breathe in and out and see those colors matching your breath. Don’t force anything or try to put your own box around it—just let yourself slip into the experience and see what comes up in your mind.

5. Focus only on your breath until you fall asleep.

It may sound simple, but imagery is a powerful way to relax and should always be considered helpful when you are engaging in breathing exercises to help yourself slow down before bed.7

Visualization to Release Energy

Man on bed meditating.
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When trying to fall asleep, it is helpful if you can practice exercises that help to relax both your mind and your body. This is a way to expel energy and prepare for sleep. Building upon the breathing imagery we already discussed, you can add in more visualization to help you relax.4 To practice this technique, follow the steps below.

1. Imagine that the worry, stress, or anxiety inside of you is a colored gas and is filling every corner of your body.

2. Imagine that as you exhale, this colored gas is being expelled from every part of your body and as it leaves, you start to relax. Imagine it moving from your lower body up through your torso and gathering in a ball ready to be expelled.

3. Imagine now that the same energy is being pulled from your head down into the ball of energy. Feel that calm has entered all areas where that energy has left.

4. Now, imagine that the ball of energy contains all of your negative energy like your anxiety and fear. Visualize it shooting out of the top of your head and up into the atmosphere like a shooting star.

5. Now, notice how you feel relaxed, calm, and ready to sleep.

The next time you find it hard to fall asleep, try practicing one of the above seven breathing exercises for better sleep. If you still struggle, considering visiting your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause of your insomnia or poor sleep.

source : verywellmind.com

17
May

Plausible lessons to be learned from Covid-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article was written for The European Sting by our one of our passionate readers, Amitu Gumber, a final year dental student from Adesh Institute of Dental sciences and research, Bathinda, Punjab, India. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. A global, novel virus […]

Plausible lessons to be learned from Covid-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
9
May

How the Great Famine inspired Irish people to help Native Americans in the fight against COVID-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The gift of $150 in 1847 has sparked a lasting connection across the Atlantic. Native American communities are suffering terribly from the coronavirus. Irish people have rallied to support them. In March […]

How the Great Famine inspired Irish people to help Native Americans in the fight against COVID-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
8
May

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Data correct at 17.25 UTC 8 May

Spain221, 447

Italy215, 858

UK206, 715

Russia187, 859

France173, 040

Germany169, 430

Turkey133, 721

Iran104, 691

Belgium52, 011

Georgia31, 684

Sweden25, 265

Ireland22, 385

Israel16, 409

Romania14, 811

Norway8, 055

Egypt7, 981

Finland5, 738

Morocco5, 661

Algeria5, 182

Bahrain4, 404

Greece2, 678

Iraq2, 543

Iceland1, 801

Georgia623

Guardian graphic. Sources: Johns Hopkins CSSE, WHO, CDC, NHC and Dingxiangyuan

5
May

Von der Leyen on Coronavirus Global Response: World stands united against coronavirus and will win — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In an unprecedented global effort to fight the coronavirus, countries and organisations from across the world on 4 May raised EUR 7.4 billion for vaccines, diagnostics and treatments, almost reaching the initial target of EUR 7.5 billion. This sets a solid starting point for […]

Von der Leyen on Coronavirus Global Response: World stands united against coronavirus and will win — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
4
May

Trade defence report: restoring the level playing field for European producers — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU trade defence measures are effective in reducing unfair international trading practices, according to an annual report published today by the European Commission. The anti-dumping or anti-subsidy duties imposed by the Commission lead on average to an 80% decrease in unfair imports, leaving other […]

Trade defence report: restoring the level playing field for European producers — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
2
May

What Is Acne – And How To Prevent It — Health

Have you ever had acne? Chances are that you have had or are still having acne. Teens are primarily the ones cursed with at least with a mild form of acne. But what is acne? Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, occurs when oil and dead skin cells form a plug and clog your follicles…

What Is Acne – And How To Prevent It — Health
25
Apr

How poor countries can deal with the economic shock of COVID-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dorothy Tembo, Acting Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC) & Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) The coronavirus crisis could increase the number of poor and hungry by 2%. Countries should refrain from imposing trade restrictions […]

How poor countries can deal with the economic shock of COVID-19 — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
16
Apr

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16
Apr

Dr Keynaan & Xaaladii Ugu Danbeeyey ee Covid-19

16
Apr

Relieve Migraine Headaches the Natural Way! — Health

Natural treatment methods for migraine headaches are usually harmless and cheaper than traditional pain medications. Sure, it is possible to have negative reactions to natural treatments, but the chances are much less than with medications. Different things work for different people. No two people are alike and a headache treatment method that works for one…

Relieve Migraine Headaches the Natural Way! — Health
14
Apr

Relieve Migraine Headaches the Natural Way! — Health

Natural treatment methods for migraine headaches are usually harmless and cheaper than traditional pain medications. Sure, it is possible to have negative reactions to natural treatments, but the chances are much less than with medications. Different things work for different people. No two people are alike and a headache treatment method that works for one…

Relieve Migraine Headaches the Natural Way! — Health
14
Apr

5 of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lucy Foster, Writer, Formative Content Tuberculosis (TB) is the deadliest infectious disease. More than 600,000 people developed drug-resistant TB in 2016. Influenza infects up to 5 million people per year. Around 94% of malaria fatalities are in sub-Saharan […]

5 of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
11
Apr

Coronavirus lingers in air longer than previously thought, scientists warn

A 3D model shows how particles can spread when a person coughs in a supermarket. Pics: Aalto University© Other A 3D model shows how particles can spread when a person coughs in a supermarket. Pics: Aalto University

Particles carrying the coronavirus can remain in the air longer than previously thought, according to researchers.

Scientists in Finland have released a 3D model showing how coronavirus is transported through extremely small airborne aerosol particles when a person coughs, sneezes or talks.

They said their findings “emphasise the importance of avoiding busy indoor spaces” during the COVID-19 pandemic.The model shows a person coughing© Other The model shows a person coughing

The researchers modelled a scenario where a person coughs in an aisle between shelves, like those found in supermarkets.After a few seconds the particles have spread along the aisle© Other After a few seconds the particles have spread along the aisle

They found the aerosol cloud spreads outside the immediate vicinity of the coughing person and dilutes – but this can take up to several minutes.

“Someone infected by the coronavirus can cough and walk away but then leave behind extremely small aerosol particles carrying the coronavirus,” said Ville Vuorinen, assistant professor at Aalto University in Finland.

“These particles could then end up in the respiratory tract of others in the vicinity.”In a less a minute, the virus particles spread across the aisle© Other In a less a minute, the virus particles spread across the aisle

For their study, researchers modelled the airborne movement of aerosol particles smaller than 20 micrometres.

For a dry cough, which is a typical symptom of COVID-19, the particle size is typically less than 15 micrometres.

“Extremely small particles of this size do not sink on the floor, but instead, move along in the air currents or remain floating in the same place,” the researchers said.

a close up of a fence: The model shows the spread of the particles after two minutes© Other The model shows the spread of the particles after two minutes

The Finnish scientists said the spread of a virus may slow down or even be suppressed altogether as mobility decreases at “nodal points” – places where lots of people gather, such as shops, restaurants and public transport.

They added that avoiding busy indoor areas reduces the risk of droplet infection while in close proximity to others, which is the main cause of coronavirus infection.

Jussi Sane, chief specialist at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, said the results of the study highlight the importance of people staying at home if they feel unwell and maintaining “physical distance with everyone”.

a close up of a computer: The particles continue to linger after several minutes. Pic: Aalto University© Other The particles continue to linger after several minutes. Pic: Aalto Universitya pencil and paper: The particles could end up in the respiratory tract of others in the vicinity, researchers said© Other The particles could end up in the respiratory tract of others in the vicinity, researchers said

The study was carried out by Aalto University, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

 by. David Mercer, news reporter

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3
Apr

The Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing

By Sara Lindberg, M.Ed

Sara Lindberg

Sara Lindberg, M.Ed., is a freelance writer focusing on health, fitness, nutrition, parenting, and mental health. Learn about our editorial process Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD Updated on April 03, 2020

Social distancing: Two words that have changed how we act and interact with friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers. In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, we are all being asked to take this precautionary measure.

What Is Social Distancing?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing is defined as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet or 2 meters — from others when possible. Congregate settings are considered public places that are crowded, and close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums.

The goal of social distancing, according to the CDC, is to reduce person-to-person spread, which happens through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. What makes this challenging, though, is that you can spread the virus before you show symptoms of having COVID-19.

Act as if you have the virus and approach other people as if they have it too. This may sound extreme, but in an attempt to slow the spread, experts are asking us to carry out our daily lives with this level of caution. 

“The safest thing at this point is to really minimize contact with others to the fullest extent possible,” says Dr. Melinda Ring, MD, Executive Director of Northwestern Medicine’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

She also reminds us that the guidelines for social distancing, as they relate to the coronavirus, are evolving as the world learns more about the virus and how it spreads, how long it takes for the infection to manifest, and how long infected people are able to pass the virus to others.

That’s why all of us need to adhere to the guidelines of social distancing, regardless of our age or current health status. It’s the only way we have a chance at flattening the curve, so we don’t overwhelm our health care systems, as there is a limited number of hospital beds, ventilators, equipment, medications, and health care workers.

With that in mind, here are some dos and don’ts for keeping yourself and others safe by practicing social distancing. 

Stay Updated: A Detailed Timeline of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Cases According to the CDC, WHO

The Dos of Social Distancing

Stay Home

This is the easiest and most effective step you can take to practice social distancing. Ideally, you should only go out for necessities such as groceries, medications, doctor’s appointments, or to exercise outdoors. If you’re still required to report to work, practice social distancing while away from home, and spend as much time in your off-hours at home. 

Keep Medically-Necessary Doctor’s Appointments 

To help ease any anxiety about going out, call the doctor’s office ahead of time to ask about policies and procedures for visiting the office, such as wearing a mask and taking your temperature prior to arriving. There may also be the option of meeting with your doctor “virtually.”

Go to Grocery Stores and Pharmacies at Non-Peak Times

Whenever possible, adhere to the 6-foot guideline at all times while you’re shopping for essentials, especially when standing in the checkout line. Many stores now have tape on the floor (in 6-foot increments) to keep the appropriate distance at checkout lines. 

Go Digital

Consider online ordering and choosing at-home delivery for both groceries and prescriptions. Telecommute from home, take college classes online, and conduct any outside business that you can at home. 

Ask for All Home Deliveries to Be Left at Your Door 

If you need to pay, ask to do it over the phone or online. This helps protect you and the person delivering your items.

Go Outside and Exercise

You can still get outdoors and go for a walk, run, or ride your bike. Just make sure you leave 6 feet between you and other people. Be aware of your surroundings, and avoid running or walking right next to someone. Outdoor physical activity, when adhering to social distancing, is good for both our physical and mental health.

Be Smart With Take-out

When going for take-out, send one member of the family, especially if you have to go into a restaurant to pay and pick up the food. 

Keep Your Distance in an Elevator 

If the elevator has more than one person, try to wait for the next one or take the stairs. While in the elevator, turn away from anyone also in it. 

Maintain Social Contact via Technology

Stay in touch with friends, family, and coworkers via video chat, text messaging, and talking on the phone. Make it a point to reach out to at least one person each day. 

Keep Being Hygienic

Additionally, wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, especially after being in public. Clean shared surfaces such as tables, keyboards, pin pads at point of sale locations, and grocery cart handle, before and after you come into contact with them.

Tell health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, pharmacists, gas station attendants, and any other individual that is working to protect our health and help us maintain our daily lives, THANK YOU. 

The Don’ts of Social Distancing

Don’t Schedule Appointments That Are Not Medically Necessary

Avoid non-essential appointments that put you in close contact with another person such as hair appointments, massage, manicures, physical therapy, and any other non-essential doctor’s appointment that you can delay. 

Don’t Exercise Elbow-to-Elbow

Avoid tight or crowded running or walking trails, sidewalks, or tracks that prevent you from practicing social distance. It’s okay to exercise with other people, as long as you can maintain the appropriate distance. 

Don’t Have Physical Contact With Non-Family Members 

Avoid shaking hands, giving hugs, high-fives, pats on the back, or any other physical contact with anyone but your immediate family (those living in your home). 

Don’t Go to Crowded Establishments

Avoid restaurants, the gym, public basketball courts, dance halls, trampoline parks, and any other spaces where people are in close contact with each other. 

Don’t Go on Vacation

Now is not the time to book a trip involving a cruise ship, airplane, train, bus, or any other mode of transportation that requires people to be in close proximity. Also avoid hotels, resorts, and other accommodations that have more than the recommended amount of people for a gathering. 

Don’t Hoard Supplies

Avoid the pressure to over-prepare and don’t hoard food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wipes, paper towels, thermometers, or masks. Only purchase what you need. This consumer frenzy is resulting in crowds of people pouring into stores and making it impossible to practice social distancing. 

Don’t Allow Non-Family Members Into Your Home

Keep your home limited to immediate family members or housemates that already live there full-time. 

Don’t Get Your Kids Together With Other Kids

This is not the time for play-dates and sleepovers, especially if you cannot guarantee they will practice social distancing at all times. Remember, it’s OK to tell them “no.” 

A Word From Verywell

We are all having to adjust our daily lives and make sacrifices to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While learning a “new normal” is never easy, with time, things will get better.

Making a commitment to practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet from others is one precautionary measure we can all take to help protect our loved ones and keep our health care systems from becoming overwhelmed.

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