How do we keep social distancing during the summertime?  All we want to do is get back to life, hit the pool or the beach, and enjoy the sunny heat.  But we still have to stay vigilant about this virus that has now infected 2 million in America.

An idea that’s been thrown around lately is finding your “pod.”  But what exactly is this?  I had never heard the term before a friend brought it up.  The definition of the “pod” is a “self-contained unit.”  So it’s just what it sounds like.  You are choosing the other friends or families that will be a part of your social distancing circle.  You know everyone who they see and encounter and they know the same about you.  So you’re just widening your socially distanced circle a little bit by letting them in.

The idea is to still social distance, but now you have others that you can see (from still 6 feet apart), but you might be able to use their restrooms in their homes.

To create your own pod, you have to talk to your friend about how they quarantine, make sure it’s similar to your own fashion, and come up with rules together about what you can and can’t do (for example, use only one restroom in their house and don’t touch the light switch, only use paper towel to wipe their hands are some of ours).  You have to make sure you know everyone they’re seeing and make sure they’re social distancing.

The pod becomes the new socially distanced unit.