March 16, 2020
Practicing social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic
As more cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed across the country, many are trying to slow the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined precautionary measures.
One of the ways the CDC recommends stopping the spread of coronavirus is by practicing social distancing. Social distancing is allowing extra space between you and other people in order to reduce person-to-person contact. The CDC recommends allowing 6 feet of distance between people. COVID-19 is contracted through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.
When you can, it’s best to stay at home. Many events in St. Joseph and across Missouri have been canceled for the next eight weeks. In areas where a state of emergency has been declared, gatherings of 50 people or more have been prohibited. Some restaurants, shops, and schools also have closed. The newest CDC guidelines recommend limiting social gatherings to 10 or fewer people. Staying home from these optional events area a good way to limit exposure to COVID-19.
Along with social distancing, the CDC and local health departments are asking everyone to use simple measures to limit infection. Washing your hands, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching frequently touched surfaces, and regularly disinfect surfaces.
If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, monitor your symptoms and call your provider’s office before making a visit. For a full list of symptoms and the CDC’s guidelines to coronavirus, click here.