Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Is Social Distancing

Published: March 26, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
What is social distancing? I dont understand it.
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Dear Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Is Social Distancing,

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, government officials are urging all residents to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel and practice social distancing.


Social distancing, is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. Other examples of social distancing are the closing of schools, stores, restaurants, people working from home and the cancelling of large sporting events and concerts.  The goal is to “flatten the curve.” By avoiding large crowds of people being in the same space as the same time, it can lessen the rate of transmission.


With schools being closed, it is not to be treated like a snow day and hang out with friends. This will put you and your friends at risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19 to each other or even family members! Younger family members or elderly relatives who may not be able to fight off COVID-19 as well as a healthy teenager could.


It is still possible to be social without even leaving your house! We are fortunate to live in a time where we have social media, video chatting, and even group chatting capabilities where you can still virtually see family and friends without putting each other at risk.


If you have more questions about COVID-19, check out the following links:


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Stay safe!  

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