It’s the question everyone is asking right now: How can you best avoid catching coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking several preventative actions, all of which are common sense—like cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a regular household cleaning spray, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
As we were browsing the CDC’s safety tips, there was one in particular that caught our attention: Avoid people whenever possible. The CDC refers to this practice as “social distancing.”
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing doesn’t necessarily mean completely isolating yourself from other people (unless you are advised to do so), as doing so could potentially have an adverse effect on your mental health and overall well being. Rather, social distancing involves limiting your exposure to other people whenever possible to avoid catching the virus.
Examples of social distancing can include working from home, ordering groceries online, or choosing to stay in and watch movies instead of heading to your local bar.
“Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others,” the CDC says. “If social distancing is recommended, presence in congregate settings or use of local public transportation should only occur with approval of local or state health authorities.”
Coping With Social Distancing
Let’s face it: Social distancing—though necessary during such times— isn’t much fun. After all, who wants to spend days or weeks cooped up in the house? It can get old fast.
Here at FlipRocks, we’re outdoor people who are happiest when we’re in nature. And if you’re reading this, chances are likely that you are, too. We also have a one-track mind. So when we learned about social distancing, naturally we all thought the same thing:
Time to go fishing.
Think about it:
Spending hours by yourself by a river or on the ocean is a great way to minimize contact with other people—even if it’s just for a few hours a time. When you’re in the woods by yourself, there won’t be anybody else around to sneeze or cough on you. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meditate and reflect on the stressful times that we are all going through. And maintaining the right headspace and reducing stress can in turn protect your immune system and keep you healthy.
In short, it’s a great way to have some fun and keep your head, while doing your part to help reduce the spread of this infectious disease.
FlipRocks Can Cure the CoronaVirus Blues
Chances are we don’t have to twist your arm to convince you to pack up your gear and high tail it into the backcountry. You’ve been waiting for spring fishing season all winter. It’s time to get out there and fish.
Whether you’re into fishing, kayaking, hiking, or just kickin’ it in nature, FlipRocks has you covered with premium, lightweight footwear that can help you perform and feel your best. FlipRocks footwear features a unique and customizable gripping system, coupled with a molded toe guard and four wheel drive strap system.
Disclaimer: This post is not meant to offer health or medical advice. FlipRocks or the activities described here cannot prevent or cure any illnesses.