ow that the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness it causes, are spreading among communities in the United States and other countries, phrases such as “social distancing,” “self-quarantine” and “flattening the curve” are showing up in the media.
What do they mean, and how might they apply to you, your family and your community?
Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H. , senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, helps clarify these concepts so you can understand better why they’re being recommended.
What is social and physical distancing?
How can we comply the social and physical distancing?
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 health care system to more readily care for patients over time.
Cancelling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social and physical distancing. 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. Wear a cloth face covering where social distancing can’t be practiced, especially in areas of significant community-based tranmission.
Other examples of social and physical distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are: As follows:
- Workıng from home instead of at the office
- Closing schools or switching to online classes
- Visting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
- Cancelling or postponing conferenence and large meetings
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I hope you are all right on these difficult days.
Do not leave the house as much as possible for yourself and the Environmental health, I wish you all a healthy day.