What is social distancing in practice?
Social distancing in practice is, in general, stay away from other people. Don’t come in close physical contact. Don’t come in close contact, and avoid places where numbers of people congregate because the more you come in contact with other people, the more likely you are to catch the virus and pass it on. That’s effectively social distancing. It’s actually a bit of social isolation where physically you’re not coming in contact with other people. And the numbers don’t really count here. In some countries it’s 5 people, 10 people. We’ve just said 100 people indoors, 500 outdoors. These are arbitrary numbers. Social distancing is keeping away from close physical contact with other people.
Last Reviewed: 25/03/2020
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