As the spread of COVID-19 continues, communities are being asked to reduce close contact between people. This is called social distancing, and it’s an important and effective way to slow down the spread of this virus.
COVID-19 spreads from person to person. Reducing the ways people come in close contact with each other is essential. Social distancing means staying home as much as possible and avoiding crowded, public places where close contact with others is likely. This includes shopping centres, cinema, stadiums, even large church gatherings. This is why most events and gatherings; restaurants and bars have closed, and why schools have closed. For essential trips like grocery shopping, Public Health England recommends trying to stay at least 2m away from others.
Social distancing is an essential way to slow down the spread of COVID-19. And it’s important that you follow the social distancing recommendations in your community, whether you’re in one of the high-risk groups or not.
It may be tempting to get kids together for playdates or sleepovers, or to think that social gatherings are safe. But social distancing only works if we all participate. And slowing down or preventing the spread of the virus will save lives.
The spread of COVID-19 has been rapid and governments are doing whatever is necessary to protect all of us from getting sick. While most people who become infected will have symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, we all are responsible for protecting those at higher risk. Steps like social distancing may feel like an inconvenience, but it’s the best way right now to protect our family, friends, and neighbours who may be vulnerable.