One of the most effective ways to prevent infection is to stay physically distant from other people, also called “Social Distancing.” The current recommendation is to keep a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 meters) to avoid spreading illness.
Recent research suggests that 6 feet may not be enough space to assure safety in indoor environments. Whenever possible, try to maintain a distance of 12 feet from others when indoors.
Social distancing is important because the main way the virus is spread is between people. Also, people who are infected can spread the virus even if they don’t know they have the virus and don’t have any symptoms.
Steps to help with social distancing include:
Staying home and working or attending school remotely if possible.
Visiting friends and loved ones via electronic devices instead of in-person.
Avoid meetings and gatherings of groups of people where 6–12 feet of physical space between individuals cannot be maintained.
In addition to following social distancing guidelines, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public areas to help reduce transmission.