The power of social distancing explained in one chart
The most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of this deadly virus is practice social distancing. That means staying home if your job allows it, except for essential trips for groceries or other essentials. And when you go out, you should stay six feet away from others, avoid contact and wash your hands regularly and vigorously.
“Probably nobody had heard of (social distancing) two weeks ago, now everyone’s talking about it. It really works,” Dr. Robert Citronberg, director of infectious diseases at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, told reporters. “It starts working right away. It starts working from the first day that you do it. … That’s clearly the most important thing we can do to curb this epidemic right now. … But it really only works if we can get everyone to participate.”
That’s why the governors of both Illinois and Wisconsin have called on people to call off gatherings of more than 10 people.
“If they have to be in close contact with others, it is essential that they try to keep some distance. We are recommending six feet at a minimum,” Dr. Nkem Iroegbu, chief medical officer at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, told reporters. “(They should call) their health care provider with questions as opposed to showing up to the emergency department if they feel that they have symptoms.”
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