What is a "social distancing"?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are to:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your doctor or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
- are over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
What is the distance for social distancing?
MOH and WHO have advised us to maintain social distancing at least 1-meter (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Can I go to grocery stores?
Yes. The grocery store is one of the few places you can still go, just be strategic about it where only a representative of each house is permitted to buy the household groceries.
If I still need to work, how can I keep myself safe?
Practice as much as social distancing as your work allows. Wash your hands constantly, and if your occupation requires it, wear a face mask.
Can my family members/friends come over or may I visit them?
No. However distancing yourself does not mean you have to be lonely. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
- look for ideas to cope with stress and anxiety on the Mental Health Awareness site.
- spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes.
- try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.
- keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the gardenYou can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
- go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.
How long do we practice social distancing?
Probably for several months. But we may have to do it over and over again, since the outbreak could come in waves. However, it is best for us to follow updates from the Ministry of Health and Malaysian Government.