Public health authorities recommend staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce your COVID-19 exposure risk . If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ve probably noticed some people are not following this advice. While it may seem extreme, to help stop the spread of disease we are all being asked to avoid close contact with anyone. Why? Because anyone can be a carrier of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the novel coronavirus disease pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines close contact as: Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a confirmed COVID-19 patient for a prolonged period. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case. Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on). A 14-day home quarantine is recommended – even when there are no symptoms – following exposure to a known COVID-19 case. Maintaining distance seems nearly impossible. But we need to do our best by taking precautions such as waving instead of touching during greetings; frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer; disinfecting surfaces and objects; and covering coughs and sneezes, then throwing tissues away in an enclosed receptacle. Examples of social distancing we are experiencing in response to the COVID-pandemic include: Working or attending school from home Avoiding group gatherings and play dates Getting food delivered or as take-out Using virtual rather than in-person visits Leaving home only for essential tasks Staying home if you are ill (not going out at all) Curtailing long-distance travel Here are a few tips: Working alongside others? Follow protocols adopted by your employer that apply specifically to your industry and situation. Getting gas? Use hand sanitizer before and after pumping. Going shopping? Maintain your distance in line and be patient. Visiting a doctor’s office? Cooperate if they want to take your temperature (fever is a COVID-19 symptom) or wear a mask. Feeling lonely? Reach out to friends and family by phone, email and social media platforms. It’s important to stay in touch, especially when you are socially isolated. Fitness routine disrupted? Look for outdoor alternatives and exercise classes that are streaming online. We’d like to hear about how you are managing social distancing at work and home so we can share your ideas with others. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hang in there!