Welcome

We all have to stay indoors and practice social distancing to slow down the spread of coronavirus and help the NHS cope better.

If you’re over 70, or pregnant, or like me you have a pre-existing medical condition, it puts you at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus, and the government recommends that you strictly adopt social distancing. For groups at greatest risk, it recommends shielding.

For the next few months, we’ll be staying home and not going to work, doing the shopping, or socialising with friends and family. I’ve put together some links that you may find useful in the coming weeks – if you can think of anything else to add, please email info@socialdistancing.org.uk and let me know.

This website is intended for vulnerable groups, but anyone might find the information helpful.

Tips on coping with social distancing from the experts

Social distancing is new to many people, but for some – sailors, submariners, disabled people – it’s been their way of life. Here are some tips on coping from the experts.

Social Isolation a guide of sorts

Disabled actor and inclusion campaigner Fuchsia Aurelius has practised social isolation for a decade, on and off, and once had to spend a whole year in bed. Here are her tips for coping:

Fuchsia Aurelius

(Video shows Fuchsia sitting up in bed speaking directly to camera. View on YouTube for transcript)

Submariners

Submarine with text We trained for this virus

If you think it might be tough staying indoors with family or flatmates, read what five former submariners learned about sharing their space on board in this Buzzfeed article by Tom Warren:
These Royal Navy Submariners Know A Thing Or Two About Isolation. Here’s Their Advice.