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