We’re all ready for life to get back to normal. We want to return to work, socializing, worshiping, and dining out in restaurants like in the “old days.”
And I don’t know about you, but I’m getting downright sick of the steady coronavirus breakthrough hype that makes us think ALL of that is right around the corner.
On any given Monday, some astounding new discovery is announced. The talking heads yammer on and on about it. We all get our hopes up. And by Tuesday, it’s forgotten.
Well, I’m here to end the hype. Because I’ve got the one detail that really can be described as a “breakthrough” when it comes to slashing our risk of being infected with the virus. The discovery that allows us to get back to as normal as possible during a pandemic.
It’s made ZERO headlines. And that’s likely because it’s not some vaccine hype… a wild gimmick… or a new drug. In fact, it’s not new at all.
It’s one of the very first discoveries scientists made about this virus. It’s one we’ve all heard of and even made jokes about.
I’m talking about social distancing. As we head into the fall, it’s time to get busy recommitting to it. Because as you’ll see in a moment… it works.
Dining out DOUBLES your coronavirus risk
I’m not going to get political about the whole social-distancing thing.
I see a LOT of screaming on TV over it, from political rallies to street protests and from church gatherings to college parties. Everyone ends up pointing at everyone else. “If it’s safe for them, it’s safe for us!”
The fact is, they’re ALL wrong. Everyone needs to distance themselves from people who they don’t live with.
And that’s even more vital for those of us who aren’t spring chickens anymore or have medical conditions. Because while masks are critical for those times when you can’t avoid being near someone (for a hopefully short period), they’re no substitute for good distancing measures.
TWO new studies back that up in a HUGE way.
The first one finds that social distancing, more than anything else, is the key to avoiding the coronavirus. Researchers say if you practice strict social distancing… even OUTDOORS… your risk of a COVID-19 infection drops by a stunning 90 percent.
The two studies combined also reveal the activities most likely to raise your coronavirus risk.
- Going to a house of worship raises your risk by up to 16 times.
- Taking public transportation increases that risk by up to 4 times.
- Visiting a bar or coffee shop raises the risk by nearly 4 times.
- Dining out more than DOUBLES the risk.
In other words, they’re NOT safe and your risk for COVID-19 goes soaring every time you do them.
Safer ways to enjoy the “new normal”
You’ll notice that except for public transportation, those activities have something in common. They’re all things we love to do, and we miss terribly.
You’ve probably been wondering if they were safe yourself. And you’ve watched as many folks have simply decided to return to doing things like dining out despite the dangers.
But there are ways to enjoy a version of those activities with far less risk.
Many houses of worship are holding outdoor services with social distancing measures in place, for example. Others are doing it via video.
You can still order from your favorite restaurant. Just take it to go, ideally with curbside pickup. And let’s face it. Who needs to pay $3 for a cup of coffee when you can make it at home?
Click here for more tips on socializing while social distancing.
It’s not ideal. We all want life to go back to normal. But we’re not there yet. Until that day comes, these are the safest ways to get some of what you want without raising your risk for infection. So go ahead and enjoy the “new normal.”