What is Physical Distancing?
To keep a safe physical distance from person-to-person in order to reduce the spread of
Importance of Physical Distancing.
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- To prevent transmission of disease from person to
- Anyone who appears to be healthy could be infected as the symptoms generally take 2 to 14 days to appear. Infected individuals can be contagious even before symptoms appear.
- More contagious than other viruses. Based on the reproduction number of 2 to 2.6, each COVID-19 case on average infects about 2 to 3 individuals.
- To keep a safe distance from an infected individual as a droplet
from a cough or sneeze can travel from 1 m to 1.8 m.
Examples of Social Distancing
- Avoid crowded places.
- Keep at least 1m radius from the next person.
- Consider gathering through digital solutions.
- Teleconference and work from home whenever possible.
- Where working from home is not possible, consider:
- Staggering working hours.
- Creating space between work stations.
- Limiting number of attendees per meeting.
- Reducing proximity and duration of physical interactions
Is Physical Distancing Mandatory?
Yes, it is made mandatory during this period to minimise exposure and reduce the risk of transmission. For instance, gatherings outside of work and school in Singapore should not exceed 10 people from 26 March 20 to 30 April 20.
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How can I help to curb the COVID-19 virus?
You can do your part in combating the COVID-19 virus by starting with Physical Distancing and Stay at Home whenever possible. By doing so, we can flatten the curve of infection and more importantly, help reduce the burden of our healthcare system and protect those who are most vulnerable.
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