What is "social distancing"?27 April 2009
Physical distancing is a term that refers to the practice of keeping a distance of one meter (three feet) between people. Social distancing refers to measures taken by health authorities to reduce transmission of a virus in the community.
Local governments may request that you remain in your commu-nity or home in the event of a pandemic. Reducing the contact people have with each other will reduce opportunities for transmission. Keep in mind that some of these measures could include:
- Closing of schools and universities
- Closing of day-care facilities
- Cancellation of mass gatherings and public transportation
- Border controls