Society & Culture
Goal is to reduce risk of transmitting COVID-19 rather than cut off all social contact, says U of A infectious disease expert who provides tips on what to do and what to avoid.
UPDATED March 28, 2020—Social distancing is the rule of the day. Health experts stress it’s the only way to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 and avoid making a bad situation worse.
Public health authorities, including Aberta’s chief medical officer, are advising people to practise social distancing.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, social distancing is intended to minimize close contact with others in the community, and can include quarantine and self-isolation as well as other community-based approaches, such as avoiding crowding by keeping two metres apart from others, closing schools and workplaces, and cancelling public events and mass gatherings.
So what does social distancing look like practically?
Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alberta, said it’s better to thin...