Social distancing is a critical step in the prevention of the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The term is a public health strategy used to describe broad measures that stop or slow the spread of a highly contagious disease. It is not one specific action, but many and when done collectively it promotes the health and well-being of all.
Here are a few actions that are included:
- Staying home is paramount – try to limit your contact with the public. Only leave your home for essential travel to work, the grocery store, gas station or for medical care.
- Do not attend large social gatherings – limit gatherings to 10 people or less.
- While in public, keep a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and other people – coronavirus droplets can travel 3 to 6 feet if someone coughs or sneezes.
- Use non-contact methods of greeting others – a smile, a wave, a nod. Do not shake hands or hug.
- Use online transactions when possible.
Here are two guides with more details about actions you can take to stem the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk to yourself, family and community:
During this time, everyone is strongly encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene:
- Clean hands upon entry to a facility (washing or use hand-sanitizer at 60% alcohol or higher)
- Wash hands frequently
- Minimize touching your face (especially eyes, nose and mouth)
- Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of tissue in trash receptacle
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails often
- In vehicles, disinfect surfaces as much as possible (door handles, gear shift, cupholders, knobs/buttons and other areas with high touchpoints)
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
For more resources and information about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/