Ask yourself how you score as a social distancer. The more space you can take up around you and your family from other people when you’re out and about, the less likely they/you are to breathe on, sneeze on, or cough on each other and spread germs. This is already important when we don’t have quarantine, but even more so now in the age of coronavirus.
So how good are you as a social distancer? Take the quiz below and find out!
When I’m out and about and walking around the city, I….
a. I put on my mask and try to avoid others, paying attention to who might approach me. I give others a wide berth and offer to let them pass me if necessary.
b. I do whatever I feel like doing! Also, I usually stare at my phone while crossing streets, etc.
My preference for running errands is….
a. I make a list of things I need/need to do. I hit the road, get done what I need to get done, and then return home.
b. Make it a family affair…. if nothing else is going on, you might as well bring the whole gang. Come on, let’s all pack up in the minivan and head to Walmart for a fun group outing!
My social distancing strategy when grocery shopping is….
a. Staying to the right and passing on the left. I wear my mask and “look both ways” when going from one aisle to the main aisle so I don’t accidentally bump into other shoppers.
b. Placing my shopping cart in the middle of the aisle to force others to maneuver around me. I stare in confusion at all the different foods and products. What is all this stuff?
When I park my car in a public parking lot, I?
a. I try to create a “checkerboard” pattern by parking farther away from others than I normally would. So if there are 2 cars parked with a few spaces between them, I put my car in the next row, diagonally to their cars, rather than right next to or across from them.
b. I park my car as close to the entrance as possible, of course! Everyone knows that the steps you take walking from your car to the store or other destination do not count toward your FitBit count.
When I take my kids to the reopened playgrounds at local parks….
a. Have them wash their hands before we leave and bring hand sanitizer. Remind them of the “six feet apart” rule when playing.
b. I make sure they get lots of sugary treats that contain food coloring before I leave. That way they are full of energy and ready to run headlong into other kids on the playground and possibly slobber and cough on them.
When I feel the urge to touch my face, I?
a. I try to remember that germs are easily transferred from my hands to the mucous membranes of my mouth and nose…. so I avoid it.
b. Go for it. Sometimes I even pick my nose while driving or at a red light. No one can see me in my car, right!!!
If I feel myself coughing or sneezing, then….
a. If possible, I move away from others and sneeze or cough quietly into the crook of my arm.
b. Let it out!!! I really hope someone hears me sneeze so they can say “God bless you!”. I really need that kind of encouragement in my everyday life.
When I greet people I see in socially distant gatherings….
a. I approach cautiously, smile and wave… or give a quick jab with my arm in greeting before resuming my six-foot-distance policy.
b. I run up to them and give them a big hug and a greasy kiss. GOD, it’s been so long and I’ve missed you!!!
When I’m standing in line somewhere, like the DMV, a snack stand, or the grocery store, I….
a. I remember the six-foot rule and keep my distance.
b. I stand as close as possible to the person in front of me. I simply LOVE other people. And if I stand closer to them, things move faster in line, right?
During the course of my day, I wash my hands….
a. Constantly! When I walk in the door after being outside. Before and after I eat. After I have used the restroom. After riding in my car. Before preparing food … All the time!
b. Only when my mother reminds me.
Count your points!
Mostly As: congratulations! Your social distancing is spot on. In fact, you probably didn’t get sick much even before the 2020 world quarantine. That’s because you know how to keep your germs to yourself!
Mostly B’s: Yikes… your social distancing needs some work. You are likely a spontaneous, exuberant, warm and loving person… who also spends a lot of time getting sick. Try to embrace good habits, like wearing your mask when out, washing hands, and becoming more aware of who is nearby so you can steer clear.