Novel coronavirus is transmitted through droplets, so maintaining a physical distance can help in preventing exposures.
What is Physical Distancing?
Physical distancing refers to actual physical space between two or more people. Experts recommend distancing of at least 2 meters (six feet apart) in public, which is enough space to protect from the droplets generated by coughs, sneezes, and speaking. Novel coronavirus is transmitted through droplets, so maintaining a physical distance can help in preventing exposures.
Why practice social distancing?
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (less than six feet apart) for a prolonged period. Transmission occurs when droplets from an infected person’s nose or mouth land in the mouths or noses of a person nearby, whether by coughing, sneezing, or talking. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have coronavirus symptoms likely also play a role in its spread.
A person can also contract coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. COVID-19 can last on surfaces for hours or days, depending on factors such as sunlight and humidity. Distancing — both social and physical — helps limit contact with infected people and surface contamination.
Although the risk of severe illness differ from person to person, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a duty to slow virus transmission, and everyone can play a role in protecting themselves, their family, and their community.