The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidelines for the American public to follow to try and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This includes what is being called social distancing.
Social distancing is that epidemiologists are calling a conscious effort to avoid close contact with other people, hopefully resulting in the limitation of community transmission of COVID-19 coronavirus.
CDC guidelines follow things like how big a community is, how densely populated a place is, as well as how readily available healthcare is.
Although the CDC has issued guidelines, it also says that it depends on local situations.
This has resulted in confusion among health experts, with some disagreeing with what to do in certain situations.
The consensus though, is that if you are free of symptoms but over 60 years old, or if you have a comprised immunity system or have other conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, you are recommended to follow CDC recommendations on social distancing.
Others, including young and healthy people, are also recommended to make the necessary changes to their daily routine. While they might not suffer the same effects of COVID-19 coronavirus infection, they still have to practice caution whenever going outside.
IF YOU ARE SYMPTOM-FREE
You should really think about avoiding any sort of gathering in public places. That means staying at home as much as possible.
The lockdowns in other countries like China has had a profound effect in limiting the transmission of COVID-19.
If you absolutely must, the CDC recommends to keep 6 to 10 feet away from other people.
If you are living in a place that businesses are still open, by all means, go out. Just know that there is still a risk, which is why governments around the world are recommending staying home as much as possible to contain the coronavirus.
You can’t be too sure about who has the coronavirus or not. If you have plans to host a party, you have to make sure that no one has any symptoms. If anyone is sick, cancel your party.
If you’re in a situation where there are any people keep your distance. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face.
Disinfect everything that can be touched by other people, including doorknobs, light switches and bathroom faucets.
Practicing basic hygiene goes a long, long way.
If you can’t absolutely be sure that everyone in the room is healthy, it’s probably a better idea not to get together in the first place. It’s difficult to postpone or cancel events that have been planned many weeks or even months in advance, but doing so might be a better alternative.
According to health experts, going to public places, like a grocery store, is okay. As long as you practice basic hygiene and disinfect every surface (like baskets and carts) before you touch it. Try going when there are less people.
Health experts are also saying that taking public transportation is okay, as long as you avoid crowds and minimize touching stuff. If you can walk, might be better.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS SICK
If you have a cough and a cold, try to stay at home. If you absolutely must leave, and have to sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow.
If you have elderly family members living in assisted living facilities, it might be a better idea to communicate with them using digital channels such as FaceTime or Skype. Remember, everyone over 60 and people with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
If you are at home, try to keep everything as clean as possible. That involves cleaning surfaces regularly using the appropriate disinfectants and having everyone wash their hands. If someone in your family is sick have them isolate themselves in one part of the house, and provide them with all the necessities to clean up after themselves, if possible.
Social distancing might be an convenience for some, and very difficult for others. But if you want to weather this pandemic relatively unscathed, it might be good to listen to public health advisory and stay indoors as much as possible.
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