The Difference Between Physical Distancing And Social Distancing

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Do you want to know the difference between social distancing and physical distancing? Then if one is better implemented which one? If social distancing limits social distance, is it possible to maintain communication distance while physical distancing limits physical distance? What do you mean, doc? Please explain in more detail, thanks doc

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Basically, social distancing is a term used at the beginning of a pandemic which is currently not recommended for use anymore. Social distancing means limiting your social relationships with others (such as gathering at school, gathering at a cafe / restaurant, gathering at a mosque or church, or even just gathering in front of a house with neighbors). The purpose of doing social distancing is to prevent the occurrence of these groups of people to reduce the risk of transmission and spread of the virus (because in many people viral infections may not cause any symptoms, but the person is still at risk of transmitting it to others). The term social distancing at this time is not recommended for use anymore, because basically social relations with other people can still be and can still be done by maintaining distance. For example, you can just chat with your neighbors from the window of your house, you can greet your neighbors who pass in front of your house from inside the house, you can still gather and chat with your friends or parents of your child's friends via video conferencing, or video calls with your family who don't live with you.


Physical distancing is a more appropriate term to use and has replaced the term social distancing. Physical distancing means that you limit your distance with the people around you. For example, you still have to go to work (because you can't work from home), you are still allowed to work by keeping a safe distance with your colleagues (at least 1.8-2 meters), you can still sit 1 table with friends at work you when you have lunch, but you have to sit far apart according to the specified safe distance, you can still exercise outside the home, as long as you can avoid and maintain a safe distance when meeting or meeting other people. You are of course still allowed to chat with the people you meet, but this safe distance must really be considered. In addition to keeping a safe distance, you also still need to pay attention to several other things such as physical contact (may not shake hands, hug, touch the shoulder, etc. which of course will not be done if you maintain a safe distance correctly), keep washing your hands with soap as often as possible or using a hand sanitizer if there is no washing place, keep practicing the ethics of coughing and sneezing properly, not touching your face with your hands that have not been washed, and using a mask (non-medical mask).

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