Social distancing is a way to slow the spread of a virus. Social distancing includes personal things you can do, and larger public health actions that can be taken. In addition to general health precautions, members of the public may take these measures to protect themselves and others:
- Avoid large public venues such as theaters or sporting events.
- Postponing or changing social gatherings or events.
- Stay away from people who show symptoms of an illness.
- If you work closely to others, try to keep a distance of approximately three feet from the nearest person while at work.
- Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
It is important to consider the impact of social distancing on one’s emotional state as this could make some people feel more extreme emotions. Read more about how to take care of yourself and loved ones’ emotional health when social distancing, quarantine, or isolation is necessary.