Social Distancing and How to Do It

Social Distancing is a term applied to actions taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people throughout the U.S. should avoid gatherings or events that involve more than 10 people for the next 15 days.

COVID-19 can be carried by an individual and passed onto another person, even if that individual does not show any symptoms, which is why practicing social distancing as much as possible can slow the spread to vulnerable populations (older adults and people with chronic medical conditions). Remember that COVID-19 could be two or three contacts or interactions away from you.

We know it can be boring, but avoiding any nonessential activity that involves close contact with others is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 at this moment.

If you will be around others:

  • Maintain good hygiene by washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soapy water.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet from individuals at all times.
  • Move any meetings outside or to a room that will fit 2x the amount of people in attendance.

“Every single reduction in the number of contacts you have per day with relatives, with friends, co-workers, in school will have a significant impact on the ability of the virus to spread in the population.”

– Dr. Gerardo Chowell, Chair of Population Health Sciences at Georgia State University

What to do if you or someone else is sick or fears exposure:

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-8150). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know. Don’t just tell them to do so. This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.