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For those living with any chronic condition, including wet macular degeneration, it’s important to prioritize physical and emotional health. This is especially true during uncertain times, such as the era of COVID-19. As we navigate life while social distancing, it is vital that we both stay connected with loved ones and take precautions to stay safe from illness.

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It can be a tough balancing act. Social distancing policies have affected all aspects of daily life, especially for those living with wet macular degeneration. Having a support system can help a lot, but it’s also important to stay connected to friends and loved ones. Here are some tips on enjoying quality time with those you love while maintaining social distancing recommendations.

Stay up-to-date on health guidelines.

Research and follow your local laws and guidelines related to social distancing when you make plans to spend time with your friends and family. If you need to go outside, be sure to wear a mask or have one handy. Also, be mindful of washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t feel well, it’s okay to stay at home.

Keep your circle small.

Quality time regularly with friends and family is important, but make sure to limit the number of people you come into physical contact with. Make sure the people you spend time with are prioritizing health and safety as well, and follow social distancing guidelines.

Use video chat.

Video chat services such as Zoom are a great way to spend time with loved ones while prioritizing your health. There are plenty of ways to optimize the experience on video chatting platforms for low vision. Click here to learn more about video chatting with wet macular degeneration.

Avoid indoor public places.

If you feel the need to venture out to a restaurant, check ahead of time and find out if they have socially distanced outdoor seating. Or how about cooking a meal at home with loved ones in your trusted social circle? Or if the weather is nice, perhaps you can organize a walk or other outdoor activity. Limiting your time indoors, especially in public places, can go a long way to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses.

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