Why Social Distancing Works
Explained by Calgary Doctors at Revolution Medical Clinic
Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even though research continues to support this preventative measure, there’s no denying that many have found it challenging to practice (especially this summer).
Special family events, concerts and even the Calgary Stampede were cancelled this year to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. Measures were put in place in public spaces to encourage a healthy amount of space in-between visitors. After all this effort, you many want to know:
How does social distancing protect Calgarians?
Simply put, social distancing means keeping a safe distance between you and other people who are outside of your household. Health authorities recommend maintaining at least 6 feet (approximately 2 arm’s length or the length of a bicycle) away from others, both indoors and outdoors.
COVID-19 can spread amongst people who are in close contact for a prolonged period of time. The latest research suggests that the virus spreads via respiratory droplets, which means when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air. Individuals within 6 feet of this person are at risk of inhaling the droplets into their lungs.
Because so many infected people (up to 80%) do not have symptoms or only experience mild symptoms, it is important to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Maintaining six feet apart from others sounds like a straightforward recommendation, but it’s not unusual to find yourself in a situation where it’s hard to maintain. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you plan to go out and about in Calgary:
We understand that it can be challenging to navigate and understand all the research and recommendations surrounding COVID-19. Our team at our walk-in clinics in Royal Oak, Acadia (Meadows Mile Professional Building), High River, and Signal Hill are here to answer your COVID-19 related questions.
All our clinics are accepting new patients and are ready to clear up any confusion or concerns you may have about social distancing and the role it plays in keeping our community safe.