When the Coronavirus, COVID19 pandemic began, the Center for Disease Control told us to maintain a safe, social distance of 6 feet between each other. They tell us specifically, “Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.”
Why 6 feet for social distancing?
6 feet, or about 2 meters, is recommended as the correct length for social distancing because, according to the CDC, that is outside of “close proximity” and is considered a safe distance apart. From 6 feet or more away, a conversation can still be had, but germs and viruses are much less likely to spread.
How do I measure 6 feet for social distancing?
The best and easiest way to measure 6 feet of social distance is to purchase a social stick. The social stick is a telescoping, retractable stick that measures exactly 6 feet long. It’s an excellent tool to use for quick measurement but also can collapse and fit in a purse or pocket for awesome portability.
What is the objective of social distancing?
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus spreads easiest among people who are in close contact with one another for a "prolonged period". The spread can happen when people cough or sneeze of course but droplets from your mouth can be launched into the air by simply talking as well. These droplets then can be inhaled into the lungs. Per the CDC website (linked above), "
Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19." This is why social distancing is key, to limit contact with those who are infected (asymptomatic or not) and contaminated surfaces which will ultimately slow the spread.
Tips for social distancing?
1. Purchase a social stick to take with you when you have to be in a public place so you can accurately gauge 6 feet
Follow guidance from authorities where you live
If you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Use mail-order for medications, if possible.
- Consider a grocery delivery service.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover
when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store.
* Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.