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Social vs. Physical Distancing: Why It Matters

Drawbacks of social and physical distancing

As we are all spending these days in self-isolation at home, we should be aware of the fact that, while this might be could for not allowing the virus to spread, it surely has some drawbacks. 

Among these, the most predictable are the mental health issues that can emerge as a result of staying all day locked in your house and having no contact with anybody and the weakening of our immune system.

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Social distancing

As we are requested by the public authorities worldwide, these days we are supposed to keep distant from one another, in order to decrease the chances of everybody getting infected with the new virus at the same time. 

However, it might be that some people take this the wrong way: not only do they keep distant from the others, but they also look at them in a fearful way. It would be useful to remember, in this context, that social isolation, especially for long periods of time, can have negative effects on our lives. Humans need each other in order to survive.

Drawbacks of social and physical distancing

As we are all spending these days in self-isolation at home, we should be aware of the fact that, while this might be could for not allowing the virus to spread, it surely has some drawbacks. 

Among these, the most predictable are the mental health issues that can emerge as a result of staying all day locked in your house and having no contact with anybody and the weakening of our immune system.

The importance of social interactions

The current pandemic seems to be quite hard to defeat. This makes that its effects are even more dangerous in the long run. While avoiding social interactions, we forget that these are still needed in order to help keep society alive. 

There is also a high likelihood that even when everything is over, we will still avoid others, as we will have developed a fear of being too close to one another. 

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In these times of uncertainty, when the whole world is in uncharted territory, we need to be psychologically and emotionally together in spite of being physically apart.

With unclear instructions, ambiguous information and a possible lack of resources, it is easy to feel helpless, and therefore crucial to activate the collective healing capabilities of our communities.

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There's a difference between being alone and being lonely. 

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Technology and solidarity

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