COVID-19 Vs Potential Mass Infection
Self Isolation + Social Distancing = PREVENTION OF SPREAD
#COVID19 is primarily spread through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. This can happen by,
1. Being in close contact with an infected person
2. Touching a contaminated surface
When we congregate in crowds, it puts us all at risk for contracting #COVID19
#TakeResponsibility to stay safe. It is important to keep a distance of 2 metres away from people because you can’t identify who has the virus
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.
To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.
When COVID-19 is spreading in your area, everyone should limit close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces.
Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms.
Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Why practice social distancing?
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sun light and humidity. Social distancing helps limit contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces.
Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19.
Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.
- Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces, such a friend’s house, parks, restaurants, shops, or any other place. This advice applies to people of any age, including teens and younger adults.
If possible, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
- Stay connected while staying away.
It is very important to stay in touch with friends and family that don’t live in your home. Call, video chat, or stay connected using social media.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult.