Social distancing is a way of slowing down the spread of an infectious disease like COVID-19. It means limiting how we interact with other people to lower the chances of sharing the virus.
For venues like schools, movie theaters and churches, social distancing may mean closing temporarily. For individuals, it might mean staying home or at least 6 feet away from other people.
Why 6 feet? COVID-19 seems to spread mainly through droplets breathed out when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes or talks. It can sometimes linger in the air too. Keeping your distance helps lower the chances you’ll breathe in the virus.
How to do it
If you're asked to socially distance, here's what to do:
Coping with the distance
Social distancing can feel stressful or lonely. Try some of these tips to help you relax and cope:
You can stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news and recommendations by checking in with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.