As the world continues to shift behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19, keeping space between you and others in public places is one of the best practices to keep yourself safe while doing your part to slow the spread. Known as social distancing, people are encouraged to keep at least 6 feet of space between themselves and others in public, avoid large gatherings, and stay out of crowded places.
Keeping your distance not only helps slow the spread, but it can also help you stay safe and healthy. Individuals may be infected with COVID-19 days before they show symptoms, so it’s best to practice caution when interacting with others that do not live in your house. If someone is infected and sneezes, coughs, or even talks, it’s possible the disease will spread through the air which is why it is important to practice safe social distancing when in public.
Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone is at risk of being infected by COVID-19 and spreading it throughout their community. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. Steps you can take to help limit the spread while practicing social distancing are:
- Staying 6 feet away from others in public
- Avoid gatherings of any size outside of your houses such as a friend or family member’s house, restaurants, gyms, parks, shops, and other gathering spots
- Consider curbside or delivery for groceries or prescriptions
- Use a face covering or cloth mask when in public
- Work from home whenever possible
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis
- Digital/distance learning for students
If you would like more information on how you can help protect yourself and your family during these times, please use official sources of information such as the Center for Disease Control.
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