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What is social distancing and why is it necessary?

Social distancing is the physical act of keeping a specified distance between yourself and others. Physical distancing serves as a preventative measure in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic within and without our borders. Keeping a physical distance of 1.5 to 2 metres between people is recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Social distancing measures also include limiting face-to-face contact, encouraging staying at home, not gathering in groups and avoiding crowded areas. Additionally, physical materials placed between people are also used such as Perspex screens, face masks and sneeze or cough barriers. The use of social distancing stickers further supports these efforts by forcing people to stand in designated spots.
By limiting human interaction via social distancing, the spread of the novel coronavirus is reduced and thereby not only protects those who are most vulnerable but also prevents placing a sudden strain on our healthcare system. Every person with every act of social distancing plays a part in preventing the spread of this pandemic and keeping our health system in capable operational levels.

Why is social distancing necessary?

Social distancing measures are put into place when a highly contagious disease reaches pandemic proportions, as in the case of the novel coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019, more commonly known as COVID-19. COVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020 and has since affected more than 100 countries around the globe.
As the complete clinical picture is yet to be determined, COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory illness with a percentage of those who fall ill dying. The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma are more vulnerable to succumbing to this disease.
In order to combat the spread of this potentially deathly disease, good respiratory hygiene, good hand hygiene and proper social distancing measures have been instituted to delay the spread. As the primary spread of the disease takes place from person to person via droplets contained in the coughing, sneezing and exhaling of infected persons. Surface contamination is another way the disease is spread, so if an infected person touches their face and then an object, droplets are transferred to certain objects and surfaces.

How to avoid the spread of COVID-19

It is clear that it is up to every individual who acts in a personal or decision-making capacity, to do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But what can you do?
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Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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Use hand sanitiser of at least a 70% volume of alcohol if you cannot wash your hands.
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Wear masks when and as appropriate.
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Don’t shake hands, hug, kiss or come into close contact with others.
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Adhere to regulations prescribed by the government.
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Sneeze and cough into a flexed elbow or into a tissue which should be discarded immediately.
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Stay at home if you experience cold or flu like symptoms, investigate whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
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Adhere to social distancing protocols and try keep at least 1.5 to 2 metres between yourself and other people.
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Keep your hands away from your face and try to touch your face as little as possible.
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Practice deep cleaning and decontamination or sterilisation practices regularly.
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Take your temperature daily and call your healthcare practitioner if you have a temperature of 37.8 or higher or feel unwell.
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Take extra hygiene and social distancing precautions if you are over the age of 60 or suffer from pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or high blood pressure.
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If you test positive for COVID-19, adhere to self-isolation as required by your healthcare provider and the government.
preventions-1
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
preventions-03-70%
Use hand sanitiser of at least a 70% volume of alcohol if you cannot wash your hands.
preventions-02
Wear masks when and as appropriate.
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Stay at home if you experience cold or flu like symptoms, investigate whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
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Adhere to regulations prescribed by the government.
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Sneeze and cough into a flexed elbow or into a tissue which should be discarded immediately.
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Don’t shake hands, hug, kiss or come into close contact with others.
preventions-08
Adhere to social distancing protocols and try keep at least 1.5 to 2 metres between yourself and other people.
preventions-09
Take your temperature daily and call your healthcare practitioner if you have a temperature of 37.8 or higher or feel unwell.
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Practice deep cleaning and decontamination or sterilisation practices regularly.
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Keep your hands away from your face and try to touch your face as little as possible.
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Take extra hygiene and social distancing precautions if you are over the age of 60 or suffer from pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or high blood pressure.
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If you test positive for COVID-19, adhere to self-isolation as required by your healthcare provider and the government.
If every person does their part in preventing the spread of this disease, our most vulnerable will be protected and our health system will not be overwhelmed. Economies and livelihoods can then thrive in the face of this pandemic. Order your stickers from us today to use in your place of work, school, university, hospital or any other establishment to encourage and enforce the act of physical distancing.
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