The Maine CDC on Thursday recommended finding ways to connect from a distance, to avoid too much isolation.

After revealing that the state has 42 confirmed and 10 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah encouraged residents to be part of the cure, and not part of the harm. He explained that he was referring to social distancing, and the importance of not getting too close, to prevent possibly contracting/spreading the illness.

But Dr. Shah went on to emphasize the importance of staying connected with family and friends, to prevent becoming too isolated, which could lead to problems like situational depression. He suggested other ways to communicate with loved ones, like social media, FaceTime, phoning, texting, etc. It will take all of us to get through this, so remember to stay connected to your community.