Social distancing to control COVID-19 spread: Action items for public safety
Cancel station tours, visits, and non-essential training and travel.
Social distancing is the newest element for individual and organizational infection control plans and is receiving widespread attention as COVID-19 – declared a pandemic by The World Health Organization on Mar. 11, 2020 – continues its spread across the U.S. This Santa Clara County (California) Public Health Department fact sheetdescribes social distancing as “limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
Social distancing accepts or acknowledges that the coronavirus is likely widespread, community transmission is already occurring and the number of diagnosed cases is going to rise as more people receive testing. Social distancing, along with other risk reduction methods, attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the speed of new diagnoses, especially severe cases, in need of prehospital and in-hospital care.
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