“Social distancing isn’t just to protect you, it’s to protect everyone”
Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of terms and phrases are thrown at us, including coronavirus, COVID-19, and social distancing.
Let’s discuss in detail, what is social distancing and how it shapes the curve of coronavirus globally.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.
These measures help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.
The closures are a way to enforce social distancing, a crucially important public health intervention that can help stop coronavirus transmission by avoiding crowds and large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit.
Social distancing can never prevent 100% of transmissions, but by following these simple rules, individuals can play a critical role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:
- Working from home instead of at the office
- Avoiding schools or switching to online classes
- Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in-person
- Canceling or postponing conferences and large meetings
So what does social distancing look like in practice? At this point, your school or university may be shut down, but this doesn’t mean you can go ahead with all of your normal day-off activities. Yes, this means staying at home with your family, roommates, or on your own. If you must leave your house, try to avoid public transit, any other non-essential travel, and gatherings of more than 10 people. And when you get back home, don’t forget to wash your hands well and disinfect anything you used while you were out, like your phone to keep your home safe from coronavirus.
Why Does Social Distancing Work?
If done correctly and on a large scale, social distancing breaks or slows the chain of transmission from person to person. People can spread the coronavirus for at least five days before they show symptoms. Social distancing limits the number of people an infected person comes into contact with – and potentially spreads the virus to – before they even realize they have the coronavirus.
It’s very important to take the possibility of exposure seriously and quarantine yourself. According to recently published research, self-quarantine should last 14 days to cover the period of time during which a person could reasonably present with symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. If after two weeks they still don’t have symptoms, then it’s reasonable to end the quarantine. Shorter quarantine periods could happen for asymptomatic people as tests to rule out the virus become widely available. The crisis will not remain forever, and the world will return to how it was before the coronavirus outbreak. So stay positive during this hard time.
Who Should Do It?
Everyone must practice social distancing in order to prevent a tidal wave of cases. We must stay indoors in order to protect our loved ones and the people who are exposed to it. In the wake of the situation, we need to be more careful about the children and the elderly around us as they can be highly affected by it.
These do’s and don’ts are only applicable if we as individuals take care of ourselves and we at Agency21 make sure everyone is up to date with the latest information.
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