What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is to physically keep people away from each other to help stop the spread of a virus. By limiting social interaction, it prevents sick people from coming in contact with healthy people and spreading illness.
Why is Social Distancing Important?
COVID-19 is spread by coming into contact with the respiratory droplets from an infected person. This can occur when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes or even talks near you. You may also come into contact with the virus when you touch surfaces where these droplets have fallen and then touch your face with your hands. People who don’t have any symptoms may still have the virus and can spread it to others in this way.
Social distancing doesn’t mean things have gotten out of control. In fact, it aims to prevent that from happening. It is done to “flatten the curve,” – which means it slows the spread of the virus, so there aren’t too many cases at once. This not only makes it less likely you’ll contract the virus, but it also stops hospitals from getting overwhelmed and being unable to provide proper care to those who need it.
What Should You Do?
Here are some basic social distancing guidelines:
Limit your trips out of the house:
Use technology to keep in touch with family, friends and coworkers:
Keep up with everyday hygiene actions:
How long will we have to practice social distancing for?
At this point, it is unclear as to how long we will have to follow these strict social distancing practices. As we’ve seen, the COVID-19 situation evolves daily and health experts are doing their best to get ahead of this and be as proactive as possible. However, the sooner we can get everyone on board with social distancing the better!