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How to cope in COVID-19 social distancing

Take a deep breath. Enjoy the tranquil world of self-isolation.

Take a walk along the bluff, keeping your distance from your fellow walkers.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

Don’t read social media. Don’t watch too much television news.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Only read COVID-19 information from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

Otherwise, read a good book. Binge a series, such as “Tiger King,” on a streaming service like Netflix.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Do not obsess too much about the spread of COVID-19. Follow enough news to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

If you must go to the grocery store, keep your distance from your fellow shoppers. Don’t panic if they are out of a particular brand or item you wanted. Just find a substitute.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Instead of visiting face-to-face with your neighbors, just yell a few pleasantries over the hedgerow.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

Try to be selective in the risks you take to exposing yourself to the virus. Do you really need that meal from the drive thru or could you cook something at home? Can the gas tank be topped off next week?

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Yes. The Adams County Sheriff did test positive for COVID-19. Hopefully, you didn’t call him to come to your house with some sort of county law enforcement emergency in the past couple of weeks.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

That runny nose and scratchy throat is more than likely a reaction to the springtime pollen. Take an antihistamine.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Don’t put your fingers in your itchy eyes. It is just the pollen.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

Stay away from grandma and grandpa and by all means don’t let the young ones around them. Talk to grandma and grandpa on the telephone or, if they are capable, do a FaceTime or Zoom chat with them.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Take some time to do all that spring-cleaning you’ve been needing to do. Rearrange the storage building. Reorganize your vinyl record collection. Arrange your old-school books in a Dewey decimal system order. Sweep the driveway. Rake the yard. Edge the sidewalk. Mop and vacuum your floors. Dust the counters.

Wash your hands. Stay out of crowds.

Tell your family and friends you love them. That is, after all, why you are keeping your distance from them.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face.

Scott Hawkins is editor of The Natchez Democrat. Reach him at 601-445-3540 or scott.hawkins@natchezdemocrat.com.