COVID-19 spreads among people who are in close contact. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, droplets containing the virus can be transmitted into the mouth, eyes and nose of those nearby. Due to the COVID-19 virus being unlikely to show symptoms in the early incubation stages, there is risk that the virus will spread from those who aren’t yet aware they are sick to those whom they are in contact with. For this reason, it is important to stay at least 1,5 – 2 meters away from others. Social distancing helps to limit contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces outside the home.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting themselves and others and slowing the spread of COVID-19.
TIPS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING:
- Ensure you keep your distance from people and wear a mask in all public spaces.
- When using public transport, commuting to and from work and sharing lifts, social distancing is paramount to travel safety. Limit the number of passengers in a vehicle, avoid close contact, wear a mask at all times and sanitise.
- Avoid crowded places such as shopping centres, social gatherings and recreational areas.
- Limit contact with immune-suppressed and elderly people.