Social Distancing, etc.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please seek medical attention.  The following are recommendations only, based on the CDC's recommendationsand should not be construed as strict guidelines. Any specific questions you have should be directed to your medical provider.

Not sure what the difference between social distancing, social isolation, and quarantine is? Read below for clarification.

iconfinder_keep_distance_social_1_5964546Social Distancing
Social distancing simply means keeping a bit of space between yourself and others.  These are the recommended steps for social distancing:
  • Stay at least six feet apart at all times
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Avoid crowds, crowded places, and mass gatherings
Is it really that important to practice social distancing? 
Yes.  As the CDC states: COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

Tips for practicing social distancing in daily life
  • Stand six feet away from anyone you encounter
  • Use mail-order medications as possible
  • Consider a grocery delivery service
  • If you must go out, maintain the six-foot distance and cover your mouth and nose with a mask when going around others 
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public and private places including at home, at a friend or family member's house, in parks or outdoor locations, and in stores that are open to the public
  • Work from home when possible
  • Avoid public transportation and ride-sharing
  • Stay connected with friends, family, and the City via social media and electronic means

Quarantine is a form of isolation used to prevent the spread of the illness - it is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 from others.  A  person who thinks they may have been exposed should avoid going outside their home or current location and should contact their medical providers.  The CDC recommends a 14 day quarantine period, but refer to you medical provider's guidance

iconfinder_coronovirus_medical_authority_health_5932588Social Isolation
Social isolation is used to separate sick people from healthy people. If you suspect you have COVID-19 contact your medical provider immediately.  Additionally, you should stay at home. Within the home, anyone who is sick should stay in a single, separate room as much as possible and use a different bathroom, if possible.  If isolation is not possible, wear masks and wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly.