We know you have heard “STAY HOME!” countless times by news, local or national politicians, and even your physicians. The MileStone Academy team is a here to remind you to continue social distancing, as well as, why it is so important. Many of us have never experienced a pandemic. Before February 2020, others did not know that a pandemic is a global outbreak of disease or virus. Therefore, it is understandable why our communities, our neighbors and most importantly, our youth do not understand the dire need to faithfully practice social distancing during this time.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus found during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How does COVID-19 Spread?
The virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses here.
What is Social Distancing?
The CDC defines Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” as keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
When COVID-19 is spreading in your area, everyone should limit close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
What is the Difference Between Quarantine and Social Distancing?
Social distancing and quarantine both mean you have no contact with the public. However, quarantine is the term used for those who were exposed to a person with COVID-19 but have yet to receive a test or positive results. The CDC highly suggests these people to stay away from others for 14 days or longer, to make sure they do not spread the virus during this “pre-illness” or incubation period. On the other hand, social distancing separates sick people from healthy people. People who are in isolation should stay home. In the home, anyone sick should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick” bedroom or space and using a different bathroom (if possible).
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