Physical Distancing When Outdoors

Tips to effectively reduce the risk of contagion

You’ve heard the term on a daily basis for almost a month now, but what does Physical Distancing really mean, why is it highly recommended by medical personnel, and how does it really help keep us all safe? Here is some information on practicing physical distancing effectively.

What is included in Physical Distancing?

  • Keep a minimum of 2 meters distance between yourself and other people.
  • Avoid any direct physical contact with public property – park benches, hand-rails, door handles, elevator buttons, even the outside of your house. You can never be sure on who might have unintentionally transmitted the virus or other germs on to any public surfaces.
  • When making payments, opt for “Tap to Pay” using your credit or debit card, rather than punching in the PIN or handling cash.
  • Make taxi trips short, and always sit in the back.
  • Avoiding attending events with more than 5 people.
  • Schedule meetings, parties or playdates using an online communication tool such as Zoom.

Who should practice Physical Distancing? Even if you feel healthy and do not show symptoms of any flu-like disease (cough or high body temperature)

Why should we practice Physical Distancing? In the current situation, with COVID-19 sweeping across the globe as a highly contagious disease, keeping distance between ourselves and everyone and everything else highly reduces the risk of contracting germs, or transmitting to other healthy individuals.

If you have to break self-isolation, whether to get groceries or other supplies, or seek medical help, please ensure that you practice the rules of social distancing to stay safe, and keep your community safe.

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