How Social Distancing can help Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

Officials around the world have taken measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Borders are closed and many travelers had to either cancel their plans or return to their homes early. Travelers starting from the moment they leave their homes, they spend a great deal of time with close proximity to the people. Whether this is on a plane, an airport, a public transport, or during just a casual walk to sightsee. Travelers end up being surrounded with people for a very long time. This is one of the reasons governments have warned their citizens to cancel their travel plans and stay in their homes to Socially Distance themselves.

Social Distancing”, is a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, and it has already proven to be effective with the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Although it seems clear, people have been confused about the term “Social Distancing” which could as well be referred to as “Physical Distancing”. Since there was confusion about what Social Distancing stands for, we wanted to break it down for you below.

Simply put, Social Distancing means:

  1. No Hugs & Handshakes. Greet people from a distance.

  2. Avoiding mass gatherings & congregate settings.

  3. Maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

  4. You must maintain distance from people who are ill.

  5. It is even more important that you distance yourself from the elderly and chronically ill as they are more vulnerable to coronavirus.

You might be asking yourself. Why is this very important. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus means that there will be a smaller number of infected people. More importantly, even if the number of infected people ends up being the same, health institutions will be able to respond to admitted patients properly if these admissions are spread over time. Below graphic explains how this works.

Source: Siouxsie Wiles And Toby Morris / Wikimedia Commons


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