Self-Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Flattening the Curve OH MY : Part 2

This post was written by Nikta Rezakahn Khajeh, third year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

What is Social Distancing? 

Social Distancing is an effective strategy to reduce the public spread of COVID-19 and includes: 

  • Greeting people with a smile and a wave instead of a hug or handshake
  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds and avoiding touching public surfaces 
  • Cancelling sporting events
  • Cancelling large gatherings
  • Closing schools 
  • Closing restaurants and malls 
  • Limiting contact to those within your household 
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and individuals outside your household at all times (For example: When you go to the grocery store or pharmacy)

Let’s say you have successfully completed two weeks of self-quarantine (go you!!) and you are pretty certain you are not carrying the coronavirus because you have not developed any symptoms. 

Does this mean you can go back to normal living? Not quite. 

Health professionals recommend everyone practice social distancing until we have Flattened the Curve. Stay tuned for Friday’s post on flattening the curve!

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