Many areas in the United States and around the world are experiencing the lift of lockdowns, which were ordered to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. While people are relieved as they return to work, leave their houses, and travel locally again, it’s important to keep in mind that the danger is not over yet. The novel coronavirus is still present and until there is effective treatment for it or a vaccine, we must continue to do our part to protect our communities and slow the spread of the virus so our healthcare facilities are not overwhelmed.
The coronavirus transmits most easily from person to person in close proximity to each other, especially if they are close together for a long period of time. The CDC has asked everyone to keep at least six feet of distance from other people to limit the chance of spreading the disease—which must continue to be practiced as we return to work and sit down at restaurants again.
Due to the fact that the United States does not currently have the testing capacity or the ability to conduct large-scale contact tracing, the CDC has made clear that social distancing is still the most effective way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Areas that reopen too early too fast, and allow people to gather in groups or come into contact with each other, risk experiencing another surge in COVID-19 cases. It’s important to keep doing what you can to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and flatten the curve.
Although lockdowns are lifting, social distancing will continue, and it isn’t just about staying at home as much as you can; it’s also about limiting your contact with other people and avoiding large gatherings. The public health practice of social distancing is most likely to become an aspect to our daily lives for a long time. Although this may be difficult to adapt to, successfully keeping your distance can prevent you from getting sick and helps to ensure that there is not an outbreak in your community.
- What is the difference between social distancing vs. quarantine?
- How does social distancing slow down an outbreak?
- Why should social distancing be practiced?
- Why is social distancing important?
- What are social distancing recommendations?
- What is the scale of social distancing?
- How does social distancing work?
- Why is social distancing still important?