Social distancing has been discussed a lot in the media.
To practice Social Distancing:
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 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."
Find more information and answers on Northwestern's site for COVID-19 High-Risk Conditions
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