Why Is Social Distancing Important? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

While the number of cases of COVID-19 have begun to dip slightly, the pandemic is far from over within the United States. Because it's a viral infection that's passed from person to person, it's important that we continue to take steps to protect ourselves.

That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants to take a few minutes to talk through the basic practices that can help. Read on as we share some insight.

What Is COVID-19?

This might seem like basic information at this point, but let's break it down anyhow. COVID-19 is a new viral infection that emerged late last year, and it is spread through airborne droplets, meaning it passes in sneezes, coughs and spit when we speak.

Because there's currently no standard treatment of care for the virus and not yet a vaccine, it's important that we take steps to limit the spread of the virus. That includes steering clear of anyone who exhibits symptoms—or of quarantining yourself from others if you have symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Congestion or runny nose

What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing describes the practice of limiting your close contact with others. This really takes two main forms—staying away from crowded places and group settings and remaining at least six feet away from others in public.

What's the purpose of social distancing? Well, it isn't intended to fully stop the spread of the virus. But it is intended for (and has been shown as helpful for) lowering the spread of the condition to a manageable level that doesn't overwhelm our healthcare resources.

Other Steps to Prevent COVID-19

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds at a time.

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home and surroundings.

  • Avoid contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms.

  • Stay at home when possible.

  • If age 2 or older, wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others when you're in public.

Believe you've been exposed to COVID-19? We offer COVID-19 testing at all of our clinics.