Social distancing is a powerful tool that we can all use to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness in our communities. Social distancing slows the spread of the virus and is very important in preventing severe illness and even death of at-risk individuals. People who are at risk for severe COVID-19 illness include people who are older or have asthma, a compromised immune system, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes.
People infected with coronavirus who have mild to no symptoms are still very contagious. This is why social distancing measures are so important. Everyone can help when it comes to social distancing, and it isn’t all or nothing. Every bit that you do helps.
Social distancing involves limiting the spread of this virus (and many other viruses, for that matter) by keeping a distance of 6 – 10 feet or 2 – 3 meters between yourself and others, and limiting your exposure to public spaces, crowds and social gatherings. These are places and spaces where community spread of the virus can occur.
Check with your local government or health department to see what social distancing measures are recommended in your area. More info available from CDC.