Everything you need to know about social distancing
In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, governments all around the world are encouraging their citizens to practise social distancing; but what is it and how will it affect you? In this blog, we'll be telling you all about what social distancing means, why it is necessary and how it will impact your day-to-day life.
What is social distance?
Social distancing is a set of measures that are intended to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by reducing the number of times people come into close physical contact with each other.
How far is social distancing in Australia?
The Australian government has recommended that all citizens keep at least 1.5 metres away from each other when possible, especially between people from different households.
Australians are advised to check their territory or state government restrictions to find out about the unique guidelines from their local area. As territories and states move through each step in the 3-step framework, restrictions will reduce.
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, citizens should be adhering to the following social distancing measures:
Social distancing in public
- Use contactless payments instead of cash when possible
- Avoid any physical greetings such as kisses, hugs and handshakes
- Avoid large gatherings and crowds in public and if you see a crowded building, do not enter
- Practise good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands frequently
- If you have any cold or flu symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Seek advice from a medical professional and if possible, get tested for COVID-19
Social distancing at home
If your local guidelines state that you are permitted to have visitors in your home, you need to keep at least 1.5 metres of distance between you and visitors from different households. The fewer the visitors you allow in your home, the better the chance you will have of reducing the spread of the virus throughout your community.
If someone in your home is presenting cold or flu-like symptoms, please take the following steps:
- Reduce the person's interaction with others and keep the number of carers at a minimum
- Treat the patient in only one room, if possible
- When you are in the same room as the unwell person, wear a surgical mask and ensure that they do the same in the presence of others
- Keep a window in the person's room open if possible and keep their door closed
- Keep at-risk family members away from the person presenting symptoms and, if possible, find them alternative living arrangements while the sick person is self-isolating
- Seek advice from a medical practitioner and receive a test for COVID-19
Can I go to work?
If it is possible for you to work from home and your employer agrees, you should do so. If you are unable to work from home and you are presenting cold or flu-like symptoms, you must not go into work under any circumstances. You must stay in your home and avoid all physical contact with others.
If you are not presenting any symptoms and are not able to work from home, avoid using public transport. If you do not have any other option, take care when using public transport and take a look at the government <a href="https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/files/covid19_public_transport_principles_29052020.pdf">guidelines</a>.
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