Critically discuss why social distancing is regarded as one of the key measures to prevent covid-19

On this page, we will critically discuss why social distancing is regarded as one of the key measures to prevent covid-19.

What is Social distancing?

Social distancing is a public health terminology that refers to the set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures intended to prevent the spread of a contagious disease (such as the Corona Virus) by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. Other people prefer to use a more understandable and practical term “physical distancing”. But at the end, both terms mean the same thing.

Reasons why social distancing is regarded as one of the key measures to prevent covid-19

Viruses such as Covid-19 and other types of flue viruses spread easily within societies. Thus, Social distancing puts space between individuals. If someone is sick and there are no people around, a virus cannot spread easily. The wider the distance between people, the lesser the spread of Covid-19. However, the Covid-19 virus may linger on surfaces for some time which may increase the spread of the virus even when safe social distance has been applied. In this case, social distancing does not apply.  

Keeping safe, while social distancing:

  • Whether outdoors or indoors, stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask unless fully vaccinated.
  • Sit or stand at least 6 feet away from others while taking public transportation.
  • Use drive-thru or curbside pick-up when possible for food orders and shopping. Shopping online from home is another way to keep your distance from others.
  • Choose outdoor venues for dining or activities whenever possible, as that gives people more space to spread out.
  • Follow local guidelines on things like how many people can gather in groups and which activities are OK. They may differ from place to place.

Sources:

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/

https://www.who.int/



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