What is social distancing?
We practice social distancing when we make a conscious effort to increase distance and reduce contact between one another as a means of reducing the spread of disease.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, public health officials are suggesting everyone practice social distancing until further notice. Even those of us who are symptom-free and not part of an at-risk group, still need to change our lifestyles immediately.
The most effective means of social distancing is to avoid public places and gatherings. We should all stay home as much as possible. If we must be in proximity to others, it is important to maintain six feet between people. We should all work to decrease close contact and crowded environments while COVID-19 is still a concern.
What about visits from family or friends?
Staying home and avoiding others can be frustrating (and boring), but decreasing the number of people into which we come into contact, and our proximity when in contact with others, is the most powerful tool we have to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Visits with others which are not absolutely necessary should be minimized. Visits with older friends and family who are at the highest risk from COVID-19 should be minimized or avoided if possible, though set up a way to stay in contact and be in touch with them regularly.
Should I go to the grocery store?
We should all avoid trips to the store for non-essential items. When we must go to the store, it is best to avoid being close to others as much as possible. You may want to go to the store early in the morning or off-hours to avoid crowds. If you are in an area with home delivery, ask that your groceries be left at the door, rather than face-to-face interaction.