Social Distancing and Addressing the Elephant in the Bedroom
What’s the opposite of Hygienic? ….LOVE
And the Science Proves it
Our homes and the people we share them with are infectious disease transmission hotspots. In a recent study it was shown that the rate of transmission of infectious diseases within our households is so much greater than between individuals not living together. And this includes Covid-19 according to this Epidemiologist from Yale School of Public Health.
“If a person you live with contracts COVID-19, you’re much more likely to get it from them than from anyone else,…the household becomes a larger transmission unit and kind of acts as its own person in society.” – Dr. Ruthie Birger
Your Home may Become your Epicentre
We know that most accidents occur at home… why is that? Because that’s where we hang out. And this can also be said about catching germs in our home.
The list of often-sited places most likely to infect you with unwanted bacteria and/or viruses includes public transit, public washrooms, door handles, elevators, daycares, telephones etc., BUT what you might not have thought of is, you and your loved ones bring all those nasties home at the end of the day. Multiply that by all the members of your tribe and their various environments they spend their days in… and you got yourself your own little laboratory in the comfort of you own petrie dished home. Your haven becomes the epicentre!
And as with any pandemic (which most of us have never experienced in our lifetime) confining ourselves to our homes means we are spending more time with our closest and most intimate connections…. Including the person we share our bed with.
With the repeated public service announcements for social or physical distancing and isolation and hyper-vigilant personal cleanliness (hand washing, no face touching etc) it’s difficult to not start obsessing about germs and to be grossed out by any thoughts of closeness.
Add the fact we are told to wash our hands every 20 minutes and don’t touch our faces… and logically, anyone else’s an we logically begin to self isolate within the household!
This is going to cause a lot of stress and strain in the home we are currently sharing 24/7.
The Strain on our Relationships
It’s a quick learning curve to avoid invading personal spaces of strangers, co-workers, acquaintances or avoiding larger groups or shaking hands. But it’s almost impossible to break the habits of the subconscious casual familiar touch within your home with your children and spouse.
And how do we continue to share a bed with our partner? That breaks the 6 feet apart recommendation!
Rob and Laura Petrie had that all figured out with the separate beds idea. But that was another time and another level of TV censorship.
*If you know who Rob and Laura are, you are in need of an Anti-Aging Pillow. #shamelessplug *
The Social Distancing Pillow
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