Social distancing is the phrase that describes what we all have been asked to do during a pandemic and it means staying 6 feet or approximately 2 meters away from anyone that doesn’t live in your household. Handshakes and hugs are taboo until the pandemic dies down which could take 12-18 months (or when a vaccine is available). It can also come back seasonally. These are measures that we need to become comfortable doing. Other viruses will develop so this is a practical way to live even after the vaccine for the current virus is available. For many of us that live in urban areas without a backyard, we have few choices for potty breaks with our dogs other than walks outside. Plus, safe outdoor time is good for our mental and physical health. We CAN walk them safely while still being respectful, courteous, and safe if we take a few precautions and take a few key elements into consideration
These tips may seem silly or extreme to some. But I know and love people that are older, frail, or have some health issues. I am willing to do whatever I can to protect the grandmas and grandpas, the kids with asthma, and anybody else that may have a terrible reaction to this deadly virus - not to mention someone that has an accident or other illness that is unrelated to this virus, -but can’t get help because the hospitals are overwhelmed. If we all do our part, we can minimize the devastating effects of an overwhelmed medical communtiy. If you think it is silly to be extra careful, that is your right. Please don’t make fun of the people that are trying to minimize the spread of this deadly virus. They may save your life.
For more tips on the etiquette of social distancing, here is an article by Lizzie Post for Emily Post
For up to date CDC guidelines, here is the link to the CDC.