The do’s and don’ts of social distancing: Contain the spread of COVID-19

Make sure to stay 6ft apart!
Photo Credit: countynewscenter.com

Make sure to stay 6ft apart! Photo Credit: countynewscenter.com

Gabi Arthur '21, Staff Writer

One of the ways that our leaders, parents, teachers, and society as a whole have been preventing the spread of COVID-19 is through a practice called social distancing, or physical distancing. According to the New York Times, social distancing is defined as a set of non-pharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The easiest way to do this is to stay at home or when out,  maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others.

As a result of the chaos that has stirred from this sudden pandemic, having online classes, canceling sports, and closing restaurants are just a couple of the ways that our community has attempted to contain the virus. 

The CDC guidelines acknowledge factors like the size of a community, its population density, its access to health care, which can cause social-distancing measures to be scaled up or down depending on the constantly changing local situation. If you have any symptoms or have been in close proximity to anyone who has shown symptoms you should self-quarantine. If you are not showing symptoms, but are wondering where you can and can’t go, according to The Atlantic, in order to fully enact social distancing you should only leave for essential errands, such as going to the doctor’s office or getting food. 

COVID-19 is unique in how extremely contagious it is and its ability to live on surfaces for long periods of time, so it is essential that everyone takes part in social distancing in order for us to beat this pandemic sooner rather than later.

Make sure to stay 6ft apart!
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