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COVID-19 & Remote Learning Resources

This is a guide to provide you links to reliable information including library services and hours.

How to Practice Social Distancing

Social distancing has been discussed a lot in the media.

To practice Social Distancing:

  • Keep 6 or more feet away from anyone outside of your household
  • If you and your friend or neighbor who live elsewhere are self-isolating and not coming near anyone else, they can substitute for a "in your household" exception. If A, B, and C are all friends and decide to self-isolate together, they can go to each other's home and hug same as people in a single household can. However, C cannot now go hang out in friend G's home where G lives with E and F. That is breaking the self-isolation and reduces our ability to contain this disease.
  • Only go out to get food, to work if you must go to work, and for emergencies. You can also take walks or runs or generally be outside, but you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from everyone around you who is not a part of your household.

How Social Distancing Helps Flatten the Curve

One major factor in the death rate of COVID-19 is how well prepared the health care system is compared to how many cases it has to deal with at once. 

COVID-19 has spread too much for containment to work so we must focus on slowing down the spread enough for our health care system to keep up with the number of severe cases.

To do this, we must “flatten the curve.” This refers to the graph below:

This is a diagram displaying the number of cases on the the y axis and the time since the first case on the x axis. There are two curves showing the protective measures and one without.

This means that there will be fewer cases in the hospitals at any given time. Hospitals will be less overrun and more able to provide every patient with the treatment that they need. 

To help flatten the curve, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from people who are sick.

A great example on how social distancing helps to flatten the curve is the Washington Post web post "Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve."

Be Mindful of Low-risk and High-risk Populations

  • Low-risk population– relatively young, healthy people will usually only get symptoms like a mild flu or a cold. It is still possible, if less likely, for you to contract pneumonia, which is how COVID-19 typically ends up killing people.


  • High-risk population - elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Being in the high-risk category is not a guarantee you’ll get COVID-19 or that you’ll have severe symptoms. However, your chances are much higher that you will need to be hospitalized.

Find more information and answers on Northwestern's site for COVID-19 High-Risk Conditions