Social distancing…a six minute calm and informative video by Malecare Board of Directors member Vincent Santillo, MD

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  Well how do you practice social distancing right.  That’s something we all should be practicing right now immediately and I’d say probably nationally but for now this is absolutely in the guidelines for New York City. So stay home as much as possible no brainer create more physical space between yourself and others.  Not so easy in New York.  In certain situations where you’ll find it easier today as a lot of people are doing the right thing and staying home so I’m working with my hands in my pockets and I’m staying six feet away from people.  That’s the distance you want to be in general. Whenever possible do not gather in large crowds – that goes without saying. Work from home if possible. I’ve already mentioned that avoid nonessential travel a bit and avoid all nonessential social interactions so. 

  The way we could do all the non essential social interactions on social media so just do those but note now is not the time for me to get together in person with anybody but you know me I’m happy to meet you virtually. 

  And the guidelines that came out from  the White House and the CDC are fairly similar.  Working engage in schooling from home whenever possible and avoid social gatherings.  Ten more than ten people – that’s a new number and explicit number  so you want to be anywhere more than ten people. I would say at this point you should be anywhere with any more than the number of people you already live with. 

  Yeah that’s about it you know avoid eating drinking in bars restaurants food courts and avoid discretionary travel and hygiene so that all seems fairly straightforward but another metric is make sure  you’re not in a group of more than ten people. 

What we gotta do is protect the people who are really at risk from this.  Most of us are not at risk and a lot of the stress you’re feeling and boy has it been stressful is you’re hearing a lot of what will be very tough decisions made in hospitals possibly if they get overwhelmed.  Okay and that is a situation which is leading to fear among doctors and other medical professionals about the ability to provide care. 

  You know if we had all the equipment in the world it wouldn’t be an issue but as somebody pointed out. 

  I mean that was going around you know the way some people fighting over bread and toilet paper over the last two weeks now imagine that same thing happening over ICU beds and ventilators and of course there would never be conflict like that but decisions are going to be have to be made if the hospital system is overwhelmed so. 

  If you are owed over eighty years old or you have a friend or relative over eighty years old they are to stay at home and of story. 

  Either stay in their apartment or. 

  Staying on their property if they live in a home on land they should stay at home.  I think should be brought to them as much as possible and interactions with others really should be minimized especially touching good hand hygiene.  These are the people who will have terrible outcomes and also and I’m gonna be really bold here: If the hospital system gets overwhelmed and if a decision is made at some point that there is one ventilator and there are two patients. 

  And they have to make a very difficult choice god help them between a fifty year olds with eighteen year old twins and well eighty five year old man they may have to make some very difficult decisions so we want to make sure to protect our eighty year olds both from taking up hospital beds as well as being in the ICU or God forbid being part of one of these terrible decisions should they have to be made. 

  Okay so you are really doing a good thing for yourself your country your relatives your grandparents that all nice guy.  You say hi to every morning or a nice older lady at church that you see all the time those the people that you’re socially distancing to help somebody said your grandparents rasta storm Normandy we’re being asked to sit on our couches that’s not so bad.  We may find out that we all really like it.