Social distancing explained, courtesy of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). Learn more at smdhu.org/covid19.
SMDHU shares these tips on its website:
“Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.
Social distancing includes, but is not limited to:
- At work, talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible.
- Avoiding visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other congregate care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential.
- Avoiding non-essential trips in the community.
- If you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare, be sure to keep the windows down.
- If possible, limit or consider cancelling group gatherings.
- If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.
- Whenever possible, spend time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 2 metres (6 feet) distance from each other.
Please note: that these guidelines are not meant to say “you must stay in your home!”
You can still go outside to take a walk, go to the park, or walk your dog. If you need groceries, go to the store. We simply recommend that while outside you make sure to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those around you.
Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others.”
For further explanation:
The Washington Post has an excellent simulation here: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
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