The Power of Social Distancing

Explanations and Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation.

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Be smart, stay apart - coronavirus safety advice

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
  • Do NOT gather or travel in groups of any size.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Watch How Social Distancing Works

Tips for Social Distancing

  • If you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • If possible, use mail-orders for supplies and medications, our pharmacies are now offering drive-up curbside pickup and mail delivery.
    • Consider grocery delivery services (Walmart and Rouses pickup).

Stay connected while staying away. It is very important to stay in touch with friends and family that don’t live in your home. Call, video chat, or stay connected using social media. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Visit our Stay Calm, Resources, and Facts, Not Fears pages or CDC tips for stress and coping.

Can a face mask prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading?

Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because it’s possible to have coronavirus without showing symptoms, it is best to wear a face-covering even if you think you are healthy.

A mask helps contain small droplets that come out of your mouth and/or nose when you talk, sneeze, or cough. If you have COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, a face mask reduces your chance of spreading the infection to others. If you are healthy, a mask may protect you from larger droplets from people around you.

Is COVID-19 Airborne?

There is no good evidence that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is relevant under normal clinical conditions. The virus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

It is also clear (even before the Pandemic) that anyone coughing or sneezing should be required to wear a mask, essentially, limiting their chances of transmitting the infection to others. This is for the general public and non-clinical areas. All symptomatic persons should be required to wear a mask, even if this is a cloth mask (not a medical-grade N95 surgical mask).

Okechukwu Ekenna, MD – Infectious Disease Specialist, Singing River Health System

Watch Mouse Trap Social Distancing Demonstration

What is the Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation?


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Someone in self-quarantine stays separated from others, and they limit movement outside of their home or current place. A person may have been exposed to the virus without knowing it (for example, when traveling or out in the community), or they could have the virus without feeling symptoms. Quarantine helps limit the further spread of COVID-19.


Isolation is used to separate sick people from healthy people. People who are in isolation should stay home. In the home, anyone sick should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick” bedroom or space and using a different bathroom (if possible).

Watch Match-Burning Social Distancing Explanation

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What do I do if I Feel Sick?

If you are not feeling well, especially with cough, fever, or even something that seems to be sinus issues, call one of our Singing River Medical Clinics. They can assist you with screening, testing, or determining next steps.

Information on this page provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).