According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of this coronavirus. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others when possible.
While it may be disappointing to hear that so many sports events, cruises, festivals and other gatherings are being cancelled, there is a public health reason for these measures. These cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the healthcare system to more readily care for patients over time.
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:
When followed appropriately, social distancing can help decrease the spread of illnesses which lessens the impact on individuals, communities, and healthcare facilities.