What is Social Distancing?
As humans, we are social creatures — interacting with others is essential to our lives. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now forced to adjust our social activities and how we interact with one another.
While all of this has undoubtedly left us stressed and anxious, there’s a good reason why health experts are urging us to practice social distancing. By avoiding crowded places, social gatherings, and staying at home, we can keep ourselves safer. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Social Distancing is Necessary
The short answer is: to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Since coronavirus is spread person to person through physical, close contact, the best way to prevent the spread is by practicing social distancing — even if you don’t feel sick. Staying home can help to keep you and your family protected.
How to Practice Social Distancing
Staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to your safety. Here are three ways you can practice social distancing.
- Work from home
- Hold virtual conferences and meetings with co-workers
- Connect virtually with your loved ones through smartphones and computers
Unfortunately, some people are not able to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, hospital workers as well as grocery store workers and utility workers. If you must leave your home, here are a few hygiene tips recommended by the CDC to keep your workplace safe.
- Wash hands frequently
- Refrain from handshaking
- Don’t touch your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces, such as doorknobs and tables
- Open windows to increase ventilation
- Don’t share food with co-workers
Keeping a good hygiene regimen, whether at home or work, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Take Parrish Healthcare’s Free COVID-19 Health Risk Assessment
With more cases of COVID-19 being confirmed, Parrish Healthcare is offering virtual screenings with our qualified healthcare professionals.
If you or a loved one are concerned about the risks of coronavirus, take our non-diagnostic online COVID-19 HRA quiz. By answering a few questions, we can help you assess your risk factors and determine if you are eligible for virtual screening with our qualified healthcare professionals.