What is Social Distancing?

March 17, 2020

Social Distancing is currently being recommended by the Health Department as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19.

What is Social Distancing?
Social Distancing can be easily described as staying away from other people.
Staying away from crowds, staying home if you can and also avoiding physical contact with other people.
COVID-19 is most likely to spread through direct contact with a person while they are sick, or by touching a contaminated surface. These surfaces are likely to be high use surfaces such as door handles, kitchen and bathroom bench tops, taps and phones.

So, what can I do?
You can do your bit to stop the spread of this virus by:
– Staying at home
– Washing your hands with soap or using hand sanitiser regularly
– Covering your sneeze and cough with your elbow (not your hands as you use your hands on the high use surfaces above).
– Staying at least 1.5m away from other people at all times.

How can I practice good social distancing at home?
If you are planning to stay home or self-isolate, you can do some things to practice this at home such as:
– Wash your hands often
– Avoid kissing, hugging and holding hands
– Regularly disinfect surfaces such as door handles, light switches, bench tops etc
– Open doors and windows for fresh air flow
– Care for sick people in one room of the house
– Keep the sick person’s door closed
– Reconsider social visits and allowing people in who do not live in your home

View all news