Why is social distancing important?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has encouraged Americans to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve on coronavirus. Social distancing, the deliberate effort to increase the space between people, can include large-scale measures—like the cancellation of major sporting events—or can be practiced individually by choosing to stay home and avoid crowds.

Social distancing is an important containment measure because according to researchers, the rapid spread of coronavirus is likely due to the movements of people with no or very mild symptoms. By taking steps to limit interactions, we can slow the spread and protect our community. With effective social distancing practices in place, we can reduce the chance of infection among high-risk population, prevent surges in illness, and lessen the burden on health care systems and workers.

Worker social distancing 6 feetSocial Distancing in the Workplace

Still, many essential jobs must be completed, and people have to leave their house for work. The CDC defines social distancing, in the context of COVID-19, as maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet (or 2 meters) from others. This means no handshakes, no in-person meetings, and increasing the space between people.

By practicing social distancing and adhering to local and state guidelines, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.


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