COVID-19: Social Distancing

With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, the public has been advised to practice social distancing for the next several weeks in an effort to slow the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Why practice social distancing?

The goal of social distancing is to protect our communities by slowing the spread of COVID-19. By practicing social distancing, we can also reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Click here for details about the “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. 

The precaution is especially important for older people and those with serious underlying health conditions such as lung or heart conditions or a weakened immune system. The federal government is urging these groups to stay home and away from other people because of their vulnerability to developing a severe form of COVID-19.

How do I practice social distancing?

  • Keep a safe distance (approximately 6 feet) between you and other people
  • Minimize contact with other people
  • Avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people)
  • How to cope while practicing social distancing: 
  • Use technology to connect with others--video chats, phone calls, sharing photos
  • Get exercise and physical activity, daily if possible
  • Promote positive family time—working to counter negativity
  • Get a little alone time, outside if possible
  • Practice focused meditation and relaxation
  • Remember the things that you really enjoy doing, that you can do in this situation, and find a way to do them
  • Limit exposure to TV and internet news