What is social distancing and why is it so important?
Social distancing is a set of measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. In particular, by avoiding any large group gatherings.
In the absence of social distancing the epidemic occurs suddenly and an excess of patients blocks fast access to the treatment. As a result - many people may die.
According to the Science Magazine, the social distancing may be required into 2022 unless critical care capacity is increased substantially or a treatment or vaccine becomes available.
Methods of social distancing:
- Avoid places where people gather in groups (restaurants, pubs, schools, shrines, cinemas and other places)
- Make shopping less frequently or make it online,
- Avoid meeting friends in person,
- Work from home if you have the opportunity,
- Avoid subways, taxis, buses and other forms of public transport,
- Wear clothes that alert other people, to keep a safe distance from you. Especially if you’re exposed to a physical contact,
- Handle all matters by email or phone.
Remember also about:
- Frequent hand washing,
- Sneezing and coughing into your elbow or a tissue,
- Wearing protective masks,
- Not touching surfaces that others touch,
- Maintaining common sense and not panic in emergencies,
- Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.