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The importance of social distancing

We all know that the citizens of America were ordered to stay at least six feet away from the people they are not quarantined with. Obviously, this is a very hard task as a very social species. But, knowing that we could get deathly sick and die, people have been trying their best to stay away from others. 

Originally, experts believed that COVID-19 could travel up to 6 feet when someone who is carrying it sneezes, coughs or eats. One way to prevent the movement of COVID-19 from one person to another is social distancing.

What is social distancing? Social distancing is when you stay about six feet away from another person, you do not go to social gatherings, and you stay out of crowded places. Another term that we have been hearing a lot of is “quarantine.”

What is quarantine? Being quarantined means to be confined to one place. Most of us during this time are quarantined to our homes. While we are not actually “quarantined,” we are using that term to show how we are not really supposed to go anywhere. Of course you can still go outside for walks, drive around, bike rides, etc., but if and when we do do those things, we must keep practicing social distancing, meaning stay six feet apart. 

If you want to protect yourself from the virus, here’s some things you should do to keep safe:

Wash your hands. I really hope everyone washes their hands after using the bathroom, but now we must make sure we wash our hands much more frequently. The most effective way is to rinse with hot water, lather soap for 20 seconds, then wash off the soap under hot water again. 

Keep your distance. Like what was previously stated, keeping your distance might just be the most effective way to not spread the virus. 

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Again, I hope everyone covers their coughs and sneezes, but now it is very important. It is best to cover with the inside of your elbow, but if you do cough into your hand, wash it off before touching anything else. 

Clean and disinfect things that are touched frequently. Doorknobs, light switches, door handles, anything that you put your hands on frequently, spray it off with some Lysol or wipe it off with a disinfectant wipe.

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Nyla Stanley
Nyla Stanley
Hi, I'm Nyla Stanley, and I am a sophomore at Gull Lake High School. I have gone to Gull Lake since kindergarten. I play volleyball and soccer on my downtime when I am not doing my school work. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and listening to music. I joined newspaper because I feel like I go to a lot of events after school and in the community, so why not write about them in a class?

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