WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming into close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like closing schools, restaurants, and businesses, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds and minimizing non-essential travel.
With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing is to slow down the outbreak to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on our health care system and workers. Experts call this “flattening the curve” – successful social distancing can prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm our health care systems.
Social distancing can help lower the pace and extent of spread of COVID-19. If we do this right, we can reduce the number of people with disease and reduce the number of people needing hospitalization and ventilators at any one time.
Social distancing and flattening the curve are not about stopping transmission; they’re about slowing it down so that we can deliver health care. So that we can take care of you, your family members, classmates and colleagues get sick.
LOW RISK PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT TO STOPPING COMMUNITY SPREAD
This also includes people who are young and healthy. While those who are older and those who have underlying chronic medical conditions – meaning lung disease, heart disease and diabetes – are at the greatest risk, everyone can be become exposed to and spread COVID-19 to our friends, our family and our communities.
We must all be vigilant.
Don’t be a spreader. You can carry the virus and spread it to others.
60% of all Americans have at least one chronic health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Roughly 40% have more than one condition.
While the complications following infection with the coronavirus are more prevalent with older people, they are also commonly found in younger people as well.
LOUISIANA STATE ACTION + INDIVIDUAL ACTION
This is why the State has taken aggressive action to create social distance – because we know it works to slow the spread of COVID-19. Protective measures the State has taken include:
Closing schools and restricting large events will not work if we simply find other places to congregate.
Louisiana residents are asked to come together and do their part to slow the spread of coronavirus—to flatten the curve—and help keep everyone safe.
The single most important thing we can each do is to stay home when we are sick. And now that we have identified significant community spread in New Orleans and many cases across the State, even if we are not sick, we ALL need to find ways to stay inside more.
When we are out in public or in the office, we could all use some personal space. The CDC says six feet minimum. No handshakes, no hugs.
You’ll be doing social distancing right once you’re planning your week and routines around COVID-19.