What is social distancing?
Social distancing means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with and distancing from each other to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person.
Why is social distancing important
When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus, if the person coughing has the disease (COVID-19) (WHO, 2019). COVID-19 can also be spread via direct contact with surfaces that are potentially contaminated with the virus. Practicing social distancing slows the spread!
How to practice social distancing
Avoid crowded spaces and stay two metres apart from others when you will be in public areas.
- If possible, consider cancelling group gatherings.
- Avoid shopping at peak hours.
- Keep up-to-date with current closures.
- Avoid physical contact with others (for example, no handshakes).
- Ask your employer about options to work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.
- When spending time outside, go to settings where people can maintain a two-metre (6 feet) of distance from each other.
For more information visit Public Health Sudbury & District.