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Understanding Social and Physical Distancing

Understanding Social and Physical Distancing

Social Distancing of COVID-19

Social and physical distancing means that you are supposed to be keep space between yourself and others while in public areas, but it doesn't just stop there. Here's what you should know.

What Exactly is Social Distancing?

Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, is when you actively avoid public places where close human contact is possible. This typically involves the cancellation of large events, school and work closings, and even restaurant closures. During essential travel, like to the grocery store or a doctor’s visit, it is essential that people remain at least six feet apart and to not gather in groups larger than ten.

Why Should We Practice Social Distancing?

While washing your hands frequently and using protective gear can help slow the spread of the virus, practicing proper social distancing habits is one of the best ways to do so. This is because COVID-19 typically spreads between people who are in close proximity to one another.

The spread of the disease can happen when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, spits, or other liquid droplets get into the mouth or nose of someone else. The virus can even be potentially passed by touching a commonly used surface that has the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

How to Socially Distance Properly

Stay Home When You Can

Although we understand that you may need to leave your home for necessary items, it is essential that you stay home as often as you possibly can. Stay up to date on guidelines from our local government when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Protect Yourself While You’re Out

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should wear masks and mouth coverings when going out into public spaces. This helps to stop the transmission from those carrying the virus to others.


If you’re feeling under the weather and are displaying symptoms, have been confirmed positive, or have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19—you should quarantine yourself for at least fourteen days. This means you do not go out into public spaces to help stop the spread of the disease.

Valley Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

At Valley Health, we are dedicated to putting the health and wellness of our community first. We are closely working with the CDC, Virginia Department of Health and West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. If you have respiratory symptoms or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your doctor.

All Valley Health practices, including family medicine, specialty practices and Valley Health Urgent Care and Quick Care centers, are offering telehealth virtual visits. To learn more about seeing a doctor from the comfort of your home, visit

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