Even though it’s been nearly 8 months since Coronavirus began spreading, it has only recently been determined by the CDC to be spread through the air. To prevent the spread of airborne illnesses, “social distancing” is a great go-to option, that most people now use frequently in their vocabulary. Here is what you need to know about social distancing and why it works:

What is Social Distancing?

The term “social distancing” is exactly what it says on the tin—people keep physical distance from each other in public areas. This is mainly in an attempt to slow down a virus’s spread, especially in highly populated areas. If you’ve ever heard someone say “don’t touch me, I’m sick” in the past, they’re practicing social distancing! We can also see the effects of failing to social distance in family homes and schools—after all, when one person gets sick, everyone will get sick.

How does Coronavirus Spread?

Similar to the flu, Coronavirus can spread quite easily through droplets released when someone coughs, sneezes, breathes, talks, and eats. These droplets (usually of water, saliva, or mucus) will disperse into the air when someone coughs or sneezes, and when inhaled by others can cause the virus to spread. Another way illness can spread is through touching a contaminated object and then touching a mucus membrane on your body—this means any hole that leads to the inside of your system—although that process can be prevented by washing hands often.

Why Social Distancing Works

So, now we get to the big question: why does social distancing work?

Since many illnesses including Coronavirus can spread via droplets in the air, it is important to avoid these droplets as best as possible. The best way to do this? Avoiding close contact with people—especially those you don’t live with. After a certain distance, droplets from a cough or sneeze will stop moving through the air, so keeping away from someone’s “range of fire” is important. Social distancing is especially important for people who have weaker immune systems since they will experience much more catastrophic and severe symptoms when sick, like the kid who always gets sick first and misses a lot of school.

Even if someone is infected, they still may not experience symptoms of illness, meaning they are asymptomatic—like the kid you knew in high school who pushed through sick days without a problem. These people can still spread illnesses, even if it doesn’t fully affect them.

Of course, social distancing can only do so much. To further prevent the spread of droplets, people can wear masks to block their own coughs, sneezes, and breaths from spreading any possible illness. This method is especially popular in busy cities and close quarters, where it’s hard to stay a safe distance from others.

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