What is Social Distancing? How can it halt the spread of COVID-19
In the pandemic of Coronavirus, the word ‘Social Distancing’ is commonly used among the public. It is crucial to understand the meaning of social distancing when everyone is requesting for Social Distancing.
What is social distancing?
Social Distancing is the essential tool that is applied during certain cases such as transmitted diseases. The actions taken by the public Health Minister in which people are advised to stay far enough from each other in order to minimize the effect of the disease that can be passed from one person to another.
Social distancing is the non-medical infection prevention and control intervention implemented in order to decrease the contact among the infected people.
Since the entire world, except few countries, are under the threat of Coronavirus, the condition of the whole world is really disgusting and worrying. Considering this, Governments around the world are advising people, infact imposing, to maintain the distance from each other in order to reduce the effect and the pressure on health services of CoronaVirus.
How can it halt the spread of COVID-19?
When we understand the meaning of social distancing, it is also essential to know how it can halt the spread of Coronavirus.
While the COVID-19 is now rapidly growing and yet causing major damage to many countries including China and Italy (highly affected countries), maintaining distance plays a crucial role.
No country is supposed to repeat the mistake that Italy has made. Accordingly, we need to take precautions that have not yet been done before. These preventive actions such as social distancing including social gatherings, travelling restrictions, mass gathering, religious tours, are likely to reduce the transmission and lower the burden of all health care systems such as hospitals, doctors, nurses, ambulances, etc.
Estimated from other countries like China and Italy, social distancing is the only method that can effectively control the situation.
According to the observation, the governments of the countries have suggested to be in your homes unless and until it is not necessary to come out. Being a citizen of the country, individuals can also contribute in lowering the effect of this pandemic disease. How? Being in their homes. It is advised to maintain the gap of at least 1 meter or above in case it is necessary to go out of your home along with proper protection such as a wearing mask and using sanitizer.
During the pandemic of coronavirus, social distancing can really control the situation if done properly and on a large scale.
What can social distancing do?
As the name suggests, social distancing can break the chain and slows down the transmission from person to person. This virus is growing and spreading rapidly. Infected people can spread the virus for at least five days before they show the symptom. Social distancing can limit the number of infected people to come with communities and large groups and potentially spread the virus – before they even realize they are infected from coronavirus.
Social distancing can prove a great break between people and Coronavirus. Although, the practice of social distancing is uncomfortable but it does require to lower the effect of the disease.
While the government of the countries are suffering the most these days and they are expecting very little from their public. What? To practice social distancing- staying home, avoiding crowds, social gathering like events, parties, movies clubs, malls, etc and refraining from touching one another.
Why is social distancing important?
At this moment, no vaccination has been discovered yet that can fight against the spread of coronavirus. So, it is the only effective, non-pharmacy, tool that is available as far as the studies shown.
Experts estimated that the exact and effectual vaccine is 12 to 18 months away. So there is no better method or vaccination to cure this pandemic disease rather than being quarantined.
What should an individual do?
It is very important for every individual to take the responsibility on their shoulders to save the country . To take the conditions seriously and quarantine yourself is much important to deal with the situation. According to the recent published research, ‘self-quarantine for at least 14 days’ becomes mandatory. After two weeks, a period of quarantine, if there is no symptom of coronavirus then it is eventually the end of disease. Shorter the time period of quarantine could be a reason for asymptomatic people.
If the public as a whole takes social distancing seriously, it could lower the burden of doctors, hospitals, nurses, government or directly or indirectly you are helping in controlling this situation.
Stay home, be safe and help your Government in order to reduce the pandemic disease COVID-19 or Coronavirus.