By: Mia Bertoldi
In light of the current outbreak of the coronavirus, practicing social distancing is essential to decreasing the spread of the virus.
Social distancing is the act of increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.
COVID-19 quickly spreads due to its incubation period of two weeks, this allows more people to infect others without even seeing symptoms. And many that are infected show no symptoms at all, according to the CDC.
As more events are being cancelled and more places of work and schools are temporarily shutting down, more people are taking this initiative to stay home. Additionally, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf shuttered schools and all essential businesses in the Commonwealth.
All these precautions are beneficial to “flatten the curve” or slow the rate of the spread. This allows hospitals to have room, supplies and doctors for all of the patients who need care.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, some practices to adopt are:
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
Artist Juan Delcan illustrates the benefits of social distancing amidst the outbreak of the Coronavirus. (@Juan_Delcan)