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  2. Social distancing - Wikipedia

    In public health, social distancing, also called physical distancing, 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.

  3. What is social distancing and how can it slow the spread of ...

    Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds. With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to ...

  4. 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.

  5. Social Distancing: The Impact on Your Health and Immune System

    Social distancing is a term used in public health that means to stay home or separate yourself from others as much as possible, in order to prevent or reduce the likelihood of the spread of...

  6. 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.

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

    As public health officials learn more about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), they continue to encourage social distancing as the best way to curb its spread. 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:

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

    What is Social Distancing? 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.

  9. The Do's and Don'ts of Social Distancing -

    What Is Social Distancing? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing is defined as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance—approximately 6 feet or 2 meters—from others when possible. "Congregate settings" are public places that are crowded, and where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, and stadiums.

  10. 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...

  11. CDC ends COVID-19 social distancing recommendation

    Two and a half years since the pandemic began, the CDC said Americans no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from each other, since an estimated 95% of people over the age of 16 have some ...