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  2. What Is Social Distancing? - Verywell Mind

    The CDC defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible." 2 It is less drastic than quarantine or isolation, which are used for people who are suspected to be carrying the virus.

  3. Social distancing - Wikipedia

    In public health, social distancing, also called physical distancing, [2] [3] [4] is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures intended to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other.

  4. Social Distancing - What is it and Why is it Important?

    Social Distancing is a term used to describe staying away from people and microbial residue that people leave behind when touching objects. The coronavirus COVID-19 is spread from person to person via close social contact. The simplest way to avoid contracting the virus is to avoid close social contact. This is where social distancing comes in.

  5. Social distancing Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster distancing

    The meaning of SOCIAL DISTANCING is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance (such as six feet or more) from other people or of avoiding direct contact with people or objects in public places during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection : physical distancing.

  6. Social Distancing Guidelines for Covid-19 - What You Need to Know

    Social distancing means avoiding close physical contact so the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 cannot spread between people. Close personal contact means being within 6 feet (2 meters) of another person for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours. It is important to follow worldwide, national, and local social distancing guidelines.

  7. How to Social Distance During COVID-19 - American Red Cross

    WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone to stay home and avoid non-essential travel. If you must go in public for essentials, practice social distancing — that is, maintaining physical space around you — by: Keeping at least 6 feet away from others.

  8. Social Distancing | COVID19 - Fairfax County, Virginia

    Social Distancing Tips Do not hug, shake hands, or high five. These actions can transmit a virus from person-to-person. Maintain a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible. Avoid mass gatherings and congregate settings. The CDC defines congregate settings as crowded public places where close contact with others may occur.

  9. How to Protect Yourself & Others | CDC

    Select a Location (all fields required) Stay 6 feet away from others Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

  10. No more social distancing? Changes may be coming to COVID-19 ...

    Social distancing — staying at least 6 feet away from others — would no longer be recommended by the CDC, the cable news network reported. People would instead be advised to identify what could increase their risk of contracting the virus, such as poor ventilation and crowds, as well as their own age and health.

  11. Social Distancing, Isolation, and Quarantine - WebMD

    Anyone who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should self-quarantine, even if you’ve had the virus before. “Close contact” means you did one or more of these things: Were within...

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