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DfV Thinks: What is social distancing?

We know you've heard the words "social distancing" or "physical distancing" A LOT lately, but what do they really mean? We chatted with Dr. Jennifer Dyer and Nicole Dempster, PhD of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. We had questions. We wondered how being 6 feet or two meters apart from people would help. When and where do we need to do this? How do you do it?


According to the Centers for Disease Control, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:


  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people

  • Do not gather in groups

  • Stay away from crowded places

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19 like washing your hands, 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. Staying a safe distance away from people who don't stay inside your home is one of the best ways you can be a health hero and help prevent the spread of coronavirus!


What else can we do to help?

We can all help protect older people, and people who have weakened immune systems who may be more likely to get sick from COVID-19.

  • Follow the advice of your physician and local governments in staying safe at home.

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (you can even sing songs to make it more fun!).


You may not feel sick, and you or your friends and families may not seem sick, but sneaky coronavirus likes to hang out with you before you even know its there! You can outsmart the virus by following these guidelines.


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