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At this point it is not a question of “if” but rather a question of “when” it will hit your community. In the abundance of caution, limit your contact with others by social distancing and leaving your home only for absolute essentials, like food, medicine, or fresh air. If delivery or pick-up services are possible in your area, utilize that in order to limit your physical contact with others. If you must come in contact with others, maintain a safe distance of at least six feet during this time.
In order to prevent coronavirus from spreading, one must limit physical contact with others in an effort known as social distancing. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “social distancing” as the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance from other people. This includes avoiding direct contact with people or objects in public places during the outbreak of a contagious disease in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection.
According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear up to 14 days after exposure and can include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
According to the guidelines from the CDC, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your local healthcare provider for more details about testing sites in your area. In the coming weeks, drive-up testing locations will begin to open at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target stores around the US.