What is Social Distancing?

What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing—you’ve probably heard this term a lot lately. And, you’re likely aware that avoiding crowds and unnecessary close contact with others play a big role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. But do you know exactly what social distancing entails?

Here’s how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the nation’s foremost authority on public health matters—defines social distancing:

  • Staying at least 6 feet apart from others, or about two arms’ length
  • Avoiding crowded places and mass gatherings
  • Not gathering in groups

If you must go to a crowded area, such as a grocery store or an essential workplace, be mindful of how close you are to others and consider wearing a face covering, such as a mask or scarf.

Social distancing guidelines are important to follow, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. This is because the disease’s symptoms are often vague or subtle—sometimes, there are no symptoms at all. It is particularly critical for people who are at a heightened risk of COVID-19 complications to practice social distancing, including individuals who are 65 or older, have a compromised immune system, are obese, or have chronic conditions such as heart disease, COPD, and diabetes.

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As long as social distancing is recommended, Affinity Urgent Care in La Marque, Galveston, and Alvin, Texas, will be here to answer any questions you may have. We’re also pleased to provide virtual visits to patients who would prefer to consult with our professionals from the safety of home. If you need to visit one of our clinics, you can rest assured that we’re taking every possible measure to keep our reception and exam rooms sanitized and safe for patients. Contact us today to learn more!

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