Social distancing is a strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus.
Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle starting today.
Can I go out in public places?
You should avoid public places. If you can’t, aim to stay six feet away from other people. You should remain home as much as possible. Think about how you can decrease close contacts and crowded environments while COVID-19 is spreading through our communities.
Should I worry about the grocery store?
Again, try to avoid being close to others. Go to the store early in the morning or off-hours to avoid crowds. If you are in an area with home delivery, ask that your groceries be left at the door, rather than face-to-face interaction.
Can I have friends over?
The best practice is to limit contact with others outside of your household. You need to decrease the size of gatherings while increasing the distance between people. And always, practice good hygiene. Best practice includes no playdates, playgrounds, house parties, bars, non-essential travel, museums, arcades, malls, church services, sleep overs, concerts, sporting events, theaters, gyms, group hangouts, and other similar activities or events.
Should I cancel large events that have been scheduled for a long time?
If it’s possible to postpone large gatherings to a later date, you should do so. Many state and local communities have imposed guidelines or even firm restrictions on the size of gatherings. If you cannot cancel an event, ask guests not to attend if they are sick or demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, respiratory issues) or if they are at high risk (such as the elderly).
Can I go to the gym?
If you go to the gym, disinfect the surfaces you touch, wash your hands before and after you work out. Be sure not to touch your face during workouts. And, as always, keep distance between yourself and others.
Should I visit my elderly relatives?
You should limit your visits and keep your distance from your older relatives, who are at high risk from COVID-19. If possible, set up a way to visit them through a virtual visit. But do have a plan to stay in contact and be in touch with them regularly.
For more information on social distancing visit the CDC website.