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Tips for Social Distancing

Social distancing doesn't mean social isolation


The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed life for all of us. Due to COVID-19, we need to practice social distancing from one another. Social distancing means keeping a space of at least 6 feet between you and other people in public. When you leave home, you also need to wear a face mask.

Social distancing is one of the ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many of us are feeling stress, anxiety and frustration. Feelings of depression, boredom and loneliness can also happen. However, social distancing does not mean social isolation from our family, friends and others.

During social distancing, use these tips to socially interact:

  • Follow guidance from state and local authorities.
  • Keep 6 feet between you and others in public, even when wearing a face mask.
  • To stay in touch with people use your phone, email, text and social media.
  • To see friends and loved ones face-to-face, use video chat options like Skype or FaceTime.
  • Find ways to help others by checking on neighbors or drop off food to the elderly.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Allow people to help you.

At CalOptima, we understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your family. If you have questions about mental health services, call the CalOptima Behavioral Health line at 1-855-877-3885 to talk to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users can call toll-free at 1-800-735-2929. We are here to help you.

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