Now that COVID19 is spreading across communities, phrases such as ‘social distancing,’ ‘quarantine’ and ‘flattening the curve’ are becoming the ‘it’ words of 2020.
What do they mean?
What is Social Distancing?
Even though the loss of all recreational activities, professional sports, cruises, music concerts, or any other large gathering have been instituted, it may need to be understood why these measures have been enacted. These cancelations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.
Canceling events that draw crowds is an example of Social and Physical Distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID19.
Other examples of social and physical distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:
- Working from home instead of at the office
- Closing schools or switching to online classes
- Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
- Canceling or postponing conferences and large meetings
Coronavirus: What do I do if I Feel Sick?
If you are concerned that you may have COVID19, follow these steps to help protect your health and the health of others.
What is quarantine?
People who have been exposed to COVID19 and who are at risk for coming down with COVID19 might practice quarantine. Health experts recommend that quarantines last 14 days. Two weeks provide enough time to know whether a person will become ill and be contagious to other people.
- Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
- Not sharing things like towels and utensils
- Staying at home
- Not having visitors
- Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household
Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.
What is Isolation?
For people who are confirmed to have COVID19, isolation is appropriate. Isolation means keeping people who are infected with a contagious illness away from those who are not infected. Isolation can take place at home or at a hospital or care facility. Special personal protective equipment will be used to care for these patients in health care settings.
What is ‘Flattening the Curve?’
Flattening the curve refers to not expanding the number of patients, so hospitals have room, supplies and doctors for all of the patients who need care.
A large number of people becoming very sick over the course of a few days could overwhelm a hospital or care facility. Too many people becoming severely ill with COVID19 at the same time could result in a shortage of hospital beds, equipment, or doctors.
On a graph, a sudden surge in patients over a short time represents a tall, narrow curve, and that is what we need to avoid.
On the other hand, if that same large number of patients arrived at the hospital at a slower rate, for example, over the course of several weeks, the line of the graph would look like a longer, flatter curve, and that would be manageable and would save many more lives.
Lessening Coronavirus Impact
It’s important to know what to do if you feel sick. The COVID19 pandemic is making everyone aware of hand-washing and protecting others from coughs and sneezes. Along with those essential steps, practices such as social and physical distancing, and quarantines and isolations when appropriate can slow the rate of infection in a city, town or community.
The pandemic can seem overwhelming, but in truth, every person can help slow down the spread of COVID19. By doing your part, you can make a big difference to your health, and that of others around you.
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