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Social Distancing

Social Distancing Image from the CDC - Two neighbors waving from their individual homes.

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:

  • Working from home instead of at the office
  • Closing schools or switching to online classes
  • Attending church online or watching on TV
  • Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
  • Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings
  • Postponing non-essential healthcare appointments

When followed appropriately, social distancing can help decrease the spread of illnesses which lessens the impact on individuals, communities, and healthcare facilities.

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