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COVID-19: Social Distancing

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Social distancing means putting space between yourself and other people. The recommended distance is 6 feet, or about 2 meters. This also means staying away from any place where people may gather, such as parks or other public gathering places.

Social distancing is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This virus seems to spread from person to person through droplets from coughing and sneezing. So if you keep your distance from others, you're less likely to get it or spread it.

And social distancing is important for everyone, not just those who are at high risk of infection, like older people. You might have the virus but not have symptoms. You could then give the infection to someone you come into contact with.

Putting It Into Practice

Experts recommend putting at least 6 feet (2 meters) between you and other people. And wear masks if you are around people you don't live with. So follow this advice, if possible.

It may be hard to get some people to do social distancing. This may be especially true of older kids and teens. You might offer this information:

Credits for COVID-19: Social Distancing

Current as of: March 26, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine

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