Maintain at least a 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone. If possible, stay at home.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain viral particles. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Locale closures and event cancellations (or postponements) are a way to enforce social distancing, a crucially important public health intervention that can help stop coronavirus transmission. Avoid crowds and large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit, conferences. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
Don’t go to the public library, read a book at home. Don’t go to the bar for karaoke night, crack open a beer from the comfort of your own home. Don’t go to the movies, watch netflix instead. Don’t eat outside, learn to make that awesome recipe yourself!
You may have already come into contact with an infected person — the woman who rode the bike before you at SoulCycle, the kind fellow who coughed while standing next to you in line at Costco, or someone who touched your mail as it made its way to your mailbox. (At least one study estimates that about 25% of transmissions of coronavirus may have occurred in pre-symptomatic stages — meaning it may be spread by people who don’t yet know they have the virus.)
Social Distancing can dramatically slow the rate at which the infection is spreading, easing the burden on the health care system.
Play your part. By taking care of yourself and avoiding unnecessary exposure you are also caring for the community as a whole.