#SocialDistancing: "This is a marathon, not a sprint" Dr. Doireann O'Leary on social distancing
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The COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread across the country. The message from the government, the health service and the World Health Organisation remains clear; social distancing is key to flattening the curve of the coronavirus.
Although we know what will work, the psychological impact of social distancing and self-isolation is beginning to take its toll. Dr. Doireann O'Leary is a Cork based GP who has been sharing (no drama) information and useful tips on how we can all cope with confinement and get through this unprecedented health crisis.
I sat down with Dr. Doireann (via Skype of course) to discuss how we can all take care of our own mental health and how we can be responsible towards others.
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We are at war with a virus. Covid19 thrives on social interactions. Every time you meet someone you’re helping the virus win this war.? Meeting a friend for coffee is letting it win. Catching up with friends at night is letting it win. Bringing your children on play dates is letting it win. When this virus wins people die. People you know and love.❤️ We have one weapon to fight this virus and it’s stopping social interactions. So many of us have done all we can but unfortunately too many people are continuing to act dangerously and irresponsibly. These people are showing themselves to be incapable of acting for the greater good. ? Up to now we’ve been able to go out on walks as an escape during this challenging time but due to the actions of others I now worry we’re heading for further restrictions and lockdown.❌ The power to win this war lies not in hospitals or in doctors. There is only so much we can do. The power is with you to deal with this pandemic. When the virus wins people die. Doctors make life and death decisions everyday. And now you do too. Please cancel plans. It will save lives?. #covid19 #socialdistancing
It's important to note the difference between social distancing and self-isolation and if you're confused the HSE lays it down plain and simple on their website.
Most of us, at the moment, are social distancing, so we're keeping at least two metres apart or 6 feet away from other people, we're avoiding areas that are built up and we're not meeting groups of people. Essentially we're not doing all of the things that come naturally to us as humans and everything that we've ever known. So yeah, It's hard.
Despite the struggles, there are things we can all do to keep our heads and bodies healthy during this time.
You can check out Dr. Doireann's top tips for keeping healthy while at home on this week's episode of Girls With Goals. Click play and listen in at 1.35 below:
Aside from talking about the hardships we're currently facing, Dr. Doireann also offered up some words of hope for the future.
'Staying hopeful during this time is really important, one of the key things is remaining optimistic and getting through this. Obviously none of us want to be in this position we all wish it wasn't happening. It's hard to stay positive but we can stay optimistic'.
You can watch the full interview on Her's IGTV by clicking the link below: