Q: What is social distancing?
A: Social distancing is the practice of purposefully reducing close contact between people. According to the CDC, social distancing means:
• Remaining out of “congregate settings” as much as possible.
• Avoiding mass gatherings.
• Maintaining distance of about 6 feet from others when possible.
Q: Why is social distancing important?
A: Social distancing is crucial for preventing the spread of contagious illnesses such as COVID-19 (coronavirus). COVID-19 can spread through coughing, sneezing and close contact. By minimizing the amount of close contact, we have with others, we reduce our chances of catching the virus and spreading it to our loved ones and within our community.
Q: Who is social distancing important for?
A: Social distancing is important for all of us, but those of us who are at higher risk of serious complications caused by COVID-19 should be especially cautious about social distancing. People who are at high risk of complications include:
• Older adults.
• People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Q: What is “flattening the curve”? What does it have to do with social distancing?
A: “Flattening the curve” refers to reducing the number of people who are sick at one time. If there are high surges in the number of COVID-19 cases all at once, health care systems and resources could potentially become overwhelmed. Efforts that help stop COVID-19 from spreading rapidly – like social distancing – help keep the number of people who are sick at one time as low as possible.
Q: When should I start practicing social distancing?
A: The best time to begin social distancing is before an illness like COVID-19 becomes widespread throughout your community. Each community’s situation is unique, so it is important to follow the guidance.
On 14th March 2020, Harry Stevens, a journalist of The Washington Post wrote a very interesting article that explains the outbreak and spreading process of the COVID-19.
“Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
Click on the link below to read the full article.
In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus as a pandemic. If we can slow the virus down, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you!
We invite you to watch the video below that explains why fighting the coronavirus depends on each of us.