Everything you need to know about social distancing

With increasing efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it may feel like everything is getting canceled. While it can be disappointing when events and travel plans are canceled or postponed, these cancellations are an important step in protecting both you and our Arizona communities. By social distancing, you are helping slow the spread of COVID-19 so healthcare providers can adequately treat a manageable number of patients with the virus.

Here is everything you need to know about social distancing and how you can help.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is purposely increasing the physical space between people to avoid the spread of an illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a distance of at least six feet.

What is the purpose of social distancing?

The idea behind social distancing is to prevent too many people from getting sick all at once. Social distancing slows the rate at which COVID-19 spreads and lessens the burden on hospitals and care providers. This is also known as "flattening the curve."

What are some social distancing guidelines?

When determining whether to attend an event or leave your house, you should refer to your local government guidelines. If there is a high level of coronavirus outbreak in your region, there may be stricter guidelines you need to follow to keep your community safe.

Overall, it is best to not attend or host any non-essential events until further notice. The CDC recommends postponing or canceling any large events like conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, weddings, sporting events or other mass gatherings. These guidelines should be followed whether it is a public or private event.

Here are some effective ways to practice social distancing:

  • Work from home instead of commuting to the office
  • Take school classes online instead of in the classroom
  • Have virtual meetings or meet-ups with friends and colleagues
  • Postpone conferences or events
  • Watch a movie at home instead of in the theater
  • Order groceries or takeout to be delivered to your home

Are there other ways to socialize?

All this disruption can be hard to deal with, but that doesn’t mean your socializing has to stop. There are many alternative activities you can do while practicing social distancing. 

  • Call or video chat with your friends and family
  • Watch live stream videos. Some gyms and fitness studios are offering free live streamed classes, which can help you keep your sense of community
  • Write a handwritten note to friend or family member

Cancelling your plans

If you are considered high risk for COVID-19, you should avoid group settings at all costs. Being exposed to more people increases your chances of contracting the virus. For your safety, it is best to stay at home as much as possible. Even if you have friends and family who do not feel sick, they could still be carriers of the virus and not showing symptoms.

More than ever, it is important to do your part for the most vulnerable members of the community and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

For the most current information

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors. HonorHealth is working closely with public health officials to stay up-to-date with the most current information and guidelines related to the Coronavirus. Visit our dedicated Coronavirus page for the latest information.

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