Physical Distancing

Physical distancing, also known as social distancing, means physically staying apart from others who are not in your household.

It includes: 

  • Staying home
  • Staying at least 6 ft apart from others who are not part of your household
  • Working or studying from home, if possible
  • Avoiding public gatherings, places where large groups congregate and event venues
  • Avoiding crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
  • Avoiding nonessential travel
  • Avoiding public transportation, if possible
  • Using verbal salutations in place of handshakes or hugs

Why practice physical distancing?
When someone with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or talks the small droplets from their nose or mouth can travel 3-6 feet. People can get infected if they breathe in these droplets, or the droplets land on their eyes, nose, or mouth. It may also be possible that a person can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes but this is not thought to be the main way that it spreads. Some people get COVID-19 without ever showing symptoms but they can still spread the infection to others. The less time that we spend within 6 feet of each other, and the fewer people we interact with, the more likely we are to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the full guidance for physical distancing from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolating if you are sick, practice physical distancing especially by staying home and wearing a clean face mask. Face masks are not a replacement for these evidence-based measures; they are an additional tool that may be used to protect us from exposure to COVID-19 when used properly.

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