Social distancing means:
- Avoid close contact with other people: workplaces, public transportation, shopping centers, movie theaters, concerts, conferences, etc.
- Stay home when you can, especially if you are sick.
- When you do go out, keep a distance of 6 feet from other people.
Why is this important?
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. The best way to do that is to avoid close contact with other people.
The virus is believed to spread when inflected people cough or sneeze, launching small droplets that can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people.
Social distancing is an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and slow the spread in communities that are already affected.
What if I’m not part of an “at-risk” group?
Even if you are not an older adult or do not have a chronic medical condition—two factors which place people at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19—staying home and practicing social distancing is important for ensuring the virus doesn’t spread rapidly. Even if you cannot stop transmission, you can slow it down and save lives.
What about events?
Events of any size should adhere to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When possible, organizers should modify events to be virtual.