SOCIAL DISTANCING AND COVID-19

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND COVID-19

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by consciously keeping a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What does social distancing mean?

It means making changes in your behaviour to minimize close contact with others, including:

  •   Avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  •   Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  •   Staying home and self-isolating if you are sick
  •   Avoiding anyone who is sick
  •   Limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g., older adults and those in poor health)
  •   Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms’ lengths (2 metres or 6 feet) from othersHere’s how you can practice social distancing:
  •   Greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss, or a hug
  •   Stay home, including for meals and entertainment
  •   Enjoy the outdoors, but only in small groups and maintain socialdistance
  •   Do not play any team sports
  •   Shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
  •   Conduct virtual meetings
  •   Host virtual playdates for your kids
  •   Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family
  •   Use food delivery services or online shopping
  •   Work from homeRemember to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette:
  •   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
  •   Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  •   Avoid touching surfaces that other people touch oftenIf you think you might have COVID-19:
  •   Self-isolate from others as soon as you have any symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or difficulty breathing)
  •   If you’re not at home when a symptom develops, go home immediately and self-isolate
  •   Call the Northern Health COVID-19 Online Clinic & Information Line: 1-844-645-7811
  •   Use the BCCDC self-assessment tool: covid19.thrive.healthNH COVID-19 ONLINE CLINIC & INFORMATION LINE: 1-844-645-7811BC GOVT. COVID-19 HELPLINE: 1-888-COVID19 OR 1-888-268-4319

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