Why Social Distancing is so Important

Author: FITivate | Published date: June 18, 2021 | Category: Medical

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • People to People
  • Between individuals standing within about 1m from each other
  • Droplets from the infected through coughing, sneezing or speaking
  • Surfaces
  • When droplets from the infected land on surfaces through touch or sneezing / coughing, the viruses stay for a period of time
  • Others will be infected if they touch these surfaces and bring their hands to their mouth, eyes or nose

COVID-19 spreads very easily and is highly contagious.

Social Distancing is the way to go

  • Keeping a safe distance from others is crucial in preventing the spread as the virus is said to mainly transmit through close contact
  • Viruses can still spread from the infected who are asymptomatic (do not exhibit any signs), they might not be aware that they are carriers of the disease
  • Sick individuals who are still interacting with others

Things to note when social distancing

  • Keep at least one meter apart from others when speaking or interacting
  • Do not touch any part of your face with hands that are not clean, especially after touching shared surfaces
  • Stay home where ever possible and avoid physical interaction with people outside your immediate family nucleus
  • Make sure to wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizes frequently
  • When sick, visit the doctor and get tested if deemed necessary.  Make sure to self-isolate until 100% sure you are COVID free.
  • Wear a mask if not feeling well or in situations where public interactions are high

By : Dr Chen Yiming

Family Physician, MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (NUS), GDFP Dermatology (NUS)



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