The blessed month of Ramadan this year came with the continued spread of the Coronavirus, which made public meetings through direct meetings and visits a threat to the health of families, which made social media and phone calls a suitable solution for them.
Direct encounters, kissing and handshakes during gatherings during the blessed month are negative habits in light of the spread of the virus, according to what the head of the sociology department at Damascus University, Dr. Majid Abu Hamdan, made clear to Sana, pointing out the need to replace it with greetings through social media and the available means of communication.
Dr. Abu Hamdan indicated that properly investing in social media and the phone contributes to the delivery of ideas and in some cases feelings that we want, so that we can achieve spatial distancing while performing social duties, calling for the replacement of direct visits by means of communication to avoid infection with the virus.
According to Dr. Abu Hamdan, the various media also play an important role in raising awareness of the need to maintain spatial distancing, consecrate these habits, and call for preserving the Ministry of Health's instructions, including not being in large gatherings, reducing crowding, and apologizing for attending direct social events.
For her part, Dr. Faten Nizam, an expert in human development, explained that social habits have changed since the start of the Corona pandemic, with the aim of preserving public health and not causing infection to be transmitted to family and relatives, pointing out that apologizing for attending events and not accepting invitations has become a natural matter and the other party must accept it in case of apology. Because of the health conditions imposed by the pandemic.
Regarding the possibility of perpetuating the culture of spatial distancing, especially in the blessed month of Ramadan, Dr. Nizam indicated that any behavior taken is a repetition and will become with time a pattern of thinking and normal behavior, noting the importance of adhering to healthy habits within the same family during the holy month.
And Dr. Nizam pointed out that the medical information showed that the risk of contracting the virus is no longer limited to a certain age group, as it was popular at the beginning of the pandemic, and therefore, limiting it to appointments by phone and social media has become imperative to protect all family members.
She indicated that in the event that a visit or a Ramadan table is necessary, it should be limited to a small number of people, unlike past years, indicating that visitors can be received at home within the minimum limits, with the commitment to actually apply spatial spacing and preventive measures.
Rama Rashidi and Tariq El-Sayed