Coronavirus – What Social Distancing Means
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, due to respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People who are nearby can inhale these droplets or the droplets can land in their mouths or noses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that one of the best ways to protect yourself from the virus is to put distance between yourself and other people – “Social Distancing”.
So what does “Social Distancing” mean? According to public health officials, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. The following explains what you need to do to practice Social Distancing in order to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus:
When you are not at home – keep at least six feet (6’) away from other people!
The CDC advises “Social Distancing” in public also requires:
- Staying out of large gatherings of people that exceeds 10 people in a space. When you are in a space with 10 or fewer people, there must be enough room for each person to have a 6-foot distance between the person behind them, in front of them, and beside them.
- No physical contact with people. This includes: No “handshakes”, No “hi-5’s”, No “fist-bumps”,
No “pats on the back or shoulder”, No “horseplay”, No “hugs or kisses”!