Social Distancing: What is it and Why it Matters

Social distancing means maintaining a certain distance from other people; six feet to be exact.

So why does it work? It is believed that the most common way for COVID-19 to spread from one person to another is through contact with droplets. Droplets from an infected person escape the nose or mouth when they cough or sneeze; some believe they can also be in a person’s breath.

Staying six or more feet away from other people creates a “bubble” around yourself to lessen the chance you come in contact with infected droplets.

One easy way to judge your “bubble” is to hole your arms straight out than have the person next to you hold their arms straight out. When you do not touch anyone’s outstretched arms in any direction, you are at a good social distance!