What is social distancing and how will it help slow the COVID-19 virus?
Social distancing is a public health tactic used to slow down the spread of a contagious disease like coronavirus. When a person coughs or sneezes, a spray of small liquid droplets goes into the air. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets and any virus the droplets may contain. Social distancing is being careful about what you are exposed to and who you are around.
Do I need to stay home even if I feel healthy?
Yes. You can have the virus without having any symptoms. Even if you feel healthy, it’s important to stay home as much as possible to protect others and to help stop the virus from spreading.
Helping older adults
Older adults, especially those with heart or lung conditions or a weakened immune system, need to stay home and away from people to prevent getting sick.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It’s is also important to keep older adults connected with family and friends. Call, Facetime or stream a movie to watch together. Help them with their grocery shopping.
Social Distancing Tips
What is self-quarantine?
If you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 14 days. It takes two weeks for coronavirus symptoms to appear. To self-quarantine, you need to stay home and away from others as much as possible. Continue to practice respiratory hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes and personal hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water. Don’t share towels, dishes, drinks, etc. Stay at least six feet away from other people.
What is isolation?
If you have been tested and are confirmed to have COVID-19, you need to be isolated from others until you are no longer contagious with coronavirus. Isolation can happen at home or at a health care facility if your doctor feels that is necessary.
During home isolation:
What To Do if You Are Sick - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This information has been reviewed and approved by Jared J. Eddy, MD and Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD (March 2020)
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