What is social distancing?

March 10, 2020 5:03 pm Published by

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) takes hold here in the United States, public health officials are recommending that the best way to flatten the curve of the virus is to practice “social distancing.”  But what exactly is this term that has been quickly pushed into our lexicon?

Social distancing is not a new thing.  Public health officials use this in brand of prevention in the face of any widespread disease that could spread from person to person.  The act of social distancing can take many forms and is likely to take all forms during this health crisis caused by COVID-19.

The activities that are restricted by health officials when social distancing is invoked are:

  • Limiting the size of crowds that are allowed to gather
  • Canceling events
  • Closing public buildings
  • Requiring schools be closed

The global pandemic of coronavirus has already required many social distancing measures to be put into place and will likely require additional measures moving forward.  The best way to stay safe is to stay home and limit your contact with others, especially the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.