What is Social Distancing? Read Here

Divya Tripathi

, Health A2Z

Now that the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness it causes, are spreading among the globe. Phrases such as “social distancing,” “self-quarantine” are in trend. You might have so many questions in your mind like what is social distancing, and how might they apply to me, family and community? So, continue reading to know the answer to your questions.


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Various sports events, festivals, cruises, flights, and other gatherings had been canceled globally due to this pandemic disease. These cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease and maintain social distancing.


What is social distancing?


According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease-causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to a decrease in spread, morbidity, and mortality due to the disease.”


In simple words, you can say that social distancing is the physical distance of at least 1.5 meters to control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.


Other examples to understand what can you do to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces:


  • Work from home instead of going office.


  • Close schools and switch to online classes.


  • Visit your friends or relatives through electronic devices instead of in-person.


  • Cancel or postpone the large conferences and meetings.


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Tips to maintain social distancing in public


To maintain social distancing in public places you need t to maintain some measures such as:


  • Stay at home unless very necessary


  • Keep 1.5 meters distance from others


  • Avoid physical greetings like hugs, handshaking, and kisses


  • Use online transaction instead of cash


  • Avoid crowds and travel at quiet times


  • Avoid public gatherings


  • Practice good hygiene habits


What is self-quarantine?


People who are at risk for coming down with COVID-19 might practice self-quarantine. Health experts suggest that self-quarantine lasts for 14 days. Two weeks is a sufficient time of period to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people.


As of now, you may be asked to practice self-quarantine if you recently came back from other country or the world where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, or if you have knowingly been exposed to an infected person.




At last note, social distancing is the only way to avoid the pandemic disease COVID-19. There are some simple tips you can follow to keep yourself healthy and safe. Stay home stay safe.


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