A Guide To Social Distancing
posted by The Live Better Team | March 27, 2020
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying at least six feet away from other people and to avoid touching others.
Canceling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social distancing. Other examples include:
COVID-19 needs human hosts to multiply and spread, and some people infected with the virus may not show any symptoms. What matters most is not just whether you get sick but also whether you pass the virus to other people. Right now, on average, every infected person passes the virus to two to three other people, who in turn infects two to three others. After only four to six weeks of this pattern, the original person could infect approximately 20,000 people.
A large number of people becoming very sick over the course of a few days could overwhelm our healthcare system. Too many people becoming severely ill with the virus at roughly the same time could result in a shortage of hospital beds, equipment and doctors.
Social distancing can help slow the rate of those infected. A slower infection rate means a less stressed healthcare system, fewer hospital visits on any given day and fewer sick people being turned away.
While it may be disappointing to hear that so many events and other gatherings are being canceled, here are a few ideas to help fill your time while connecting with others digitally.
While practicing social distancing, it is still possible to take care of your health. Our telehealth services, or virtual appointments, will allow us to serve you from the comfort and safety of your home.
Telehealth is not appropriate for every medical concern, so it’s important to ask your provider whether a virtual visit is suitable for your needs. To see how it works, visit reverehealth.com/telehealth/.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.