Social Distancing in the Midst of the COVID-19 Outbreak

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to practice Social Distancing. What exactly does Social Distancing mean and how do we practice it? Here are some Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing.

What is Social Distancing?

Social Distancing is the act of limiting one’s close contact with others to prevent and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is known to spread through direct person-to-person contact. In order to prevent the spread of this disease, it is recommended to maintain at least 6 feet distance from other people at all times.


  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Go visit a park or take a walk while maintaining a safe distance from other people
  • Conduct group video chat to keep in touch with close friends and family
  • Keep a daily routine/schedule
  • Go for a drive nearby without getting out of your vehicle
  • Check on close friends and family members via text or audio call
  • Work remotely from home
  • Shop for groceries during less busy hours, if necessary
  • Plan a Family Game/Movie Night
  • Catch up on reading some of your favorite books
  • Find fun activities to do at home with your children


  • Attend social gatherings
  • Visit crowded malls or retail stores
  • Go to work unless necessary
  • Set up playdates for your children
  • Make non-essential appointments (doctors ex. routine check-ups, hair, nails, etc.)
  • Invite visitors to your house

Use Caution (if you must…)

  • Visit local restaurants to order food
  • Use public transportation
  • Pick up medication at local pharmacies
  • Attend religious services
  • Visit grandparents or elderly family members

In difficult and unusual times like this, it is crucial to keep a positive mindset. Rather than focusing on the negatives of COVID-19, try to remain calm and remind yourself of all the things you can do to spend this time productively. Also, remember, for the safety of your community, let’s be proactive and practice social distancing at all times. If we all work together, we’ll manage to ride out the storm!

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