Physical Distancing is Critical to Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Take the Quiz-How Well Are You Physical Distancing

We all need to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. The best way we can do this is through social or physical distancing which means separating yourself at least 6 feet from others and not gathering in groups. How well are you, your family and friends practicing physical distancing? Find out by taking the quiz below.

  • Do you avoid public spaces and gatherings of people?
  • Do you avoid traveling outside of your community, unless it is required for work?
  • Do you only run errands when absolutely essential?
  • Do you separate yourself 6 feet from others when running errands out in public?
  • Does only one person go in the store, when running essential errands?
  • Do you plan ahead so that you make less trips to public places to avoid contact with others?
  • Do you avoid shopping at stores during hours designated for groups at higher risk?
  • Do you utilize online services for banking, shopping or mail services for medications?
  • Do you avoid chatting in stores?
  • Do you work at home if possible?
  • If you are working with others, do you stay 6 feet apart (office, meetings, vehicle, breakrooms)?
  • Do you stagger your work schedule so not everyone is working at the same time?
  • Do you not invite guests to your home?
  • Do you chat with people online or by phone rather than in person?
  • Do you call to check on loved ones that are older or at higher risk to see if they need help or support?
  • Do you stay home if you are sick?
  • Do you avoid riding in vehicles with non-household members, unless it is essential?
  • Do you postpone appointments that can wait including doctor appointments?
  • Do you stay 6 feet apart from others when walking and doing outdoor activities?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are doing a great job at social distancing. In order to flatten the curve and keep our communities safe and healthy, we need everyone to follow these recommendations. In addition, you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands/using hand sanitizer often, especially after coming home from errands, disinfecting carts and baskets before shopping, bringing your own pen to sign documents, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

There have been a lot of changes in these recent weeks and there continues to be a lot of unknowns. It is natural to feel stressed and fearful, and want to be close the loved ones. Unfortunately, at this time, the best thing we can do for our loved ones and community is to stay apart. We know that physical distancing is key in slowing the spread of COVID-19 so that our healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed and our family, friends and community members can get the care they need. We are in this together. We can’t contain the spread of COVID-19 without the help of everyone.

This is a rapidly changing situation. For the latest information about COVID-19 visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) website and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.