Why I’m committed to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, my personal life involved a lot of socializing. I’d travel at least twice a month — sometimes for work, but usually for pleasure. I’d visit with family members who live around the country, and go out to eat with friends at least a couple of nights a week here in Houston. I'm also a huge fan of the theater, and I spent a lot of time in our parks and other public spaces. Like many other people, I also enjoyed many “nonessential” services, such as haircuts and pedicures. But since the coronavirus pandemic started, I've taken social distancing to heart. How I’m putting social distancing into practice Social distancing means, whenever possible, maintaining a six-foot distance from people who are not part of our household. When that's not possible, it means wearing a mask. And in places where crowding is unavoidable, that means removing ourselves from those situations, or choosing not to engage in certain activities to begin with. For me, social distancing has meant I have not traveled outside of Houston since before the pandemic. I have not entered a restaurant. Visits with friends have taken place on the front porch only, while maintaining more than 6 feet of distance. I have not engaged in any non-essential activities, either, including salon visits and retail shopping. I have used remote methods as much as possible for all essential activities, like curbside pickup for groceries and drive-through pickup for prescriptions. I have worked mostly from home, so I can help limit the traffic on MD Anderson’s campuses and keep our staff and patients safe. And...