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Hokie Wellness promotes social connectedness while physically distancing

From: Hokie Wellness

At this point in the social distancing game, we are all craving connection.  Whether we are single, coupled, or a family with kids, social distancing is hard.  In Virginia, it looks like we will be practicing this new way of life until at least June 10. The statewide Stay at Home order tells Virginians to stay at home and limit exposure with the following guidance:

If you have to go out for essential things like grocery shopping or medical care, stay at least 6 feet away from others AND Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings with 10 or more people.  Source:

Over the past month people have been creative with how they practice social distancing and the guidelines have been interpreted in a variety of ways.  Some are quite strict and to the book, while others are on the more lenient end of the spectrum.  Because this virus is highly contagious, and there is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop signs or symptoms or before their symptoms start, and symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, we want to help our community be as safe and healthy as possible.  Source:

Do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19:  Maximize the DO’s and avoid the DON’Ts



Have virtual playdates – get your game, movie, painting, conversation, group activity on.

Have in person parties, dates, or playdates that tempt our ability to stay 6 feet apart with people you are not living with.

Find creative ways to work out – get outside, use online classes, find a virtual workout buddy.

Open up or attend a “home” gym.

Use as many curbside pick-up services as possible – for groceries, medicine, even take-out; it’s a great way to support local business.

Go grocery shopping at peak hours; avoid crowded places as much as possible.

Wear a cloth mask when inside stores (if you must go in).

Cut a hole in your mask to smoke or vape.

Get outside as much as possible in open, unpopulated areas if possible.

Ignore signs that state local parks are closed.

Be consistent with social distancing rules. 

Pick and choose when the rules are convenient. 

Seek help if needed – counselors and doctors are set up for telehealth – in many cases you can access care from the comfort of your home. 

Ignore signs of distress – from mental struggle or physical ailments.

Most importantly, remember that social distancing certainly should not mean social isolation.  If you are looking for ideas, check us out @hokiewellness and explore our Hokie Wellness at Home site where you can read up on other #WellnessWednesday spotlights like this one!

If you are needing additional emotional support, please explore the Virginia Tech Well-Being Website to help find access to care: