What is social distancing?

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Answer

 Social distancing simply means that you remove yourself from close-contact (face-to-face) interactions as much as possible and maintaining a distance of at least 1,5m from others while in public.

Who should practice social distancing?

Everyone except essential service providers must stay at home to reduce your chances of being infected. This is becoming particularly important now that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in SA has surpassed 2000.

Here's how it's done:

  • When you go out for the essentials, avoid close contact with other people by maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres from those around you at all times.
  • Avoid mass gatherings i.e. religious gatherings, parties, funerals with more than 50 people etc.
  • Working from home instead of at the office
  • Host meetings on Skype
  • Buy your groceries online
  • Also, for your own mental health, keep in touch with friends and family via phone or messaging.

This is especially important for high-risk people who are more likely to become severely ill or die as a result of the virus. If you must leave home for a valid reason, take all the necessary preventative measures to not only protect yourself but those around you too.

Note that this is different from self-isolation.

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