Social distancing refers to the measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people. Social distancing has been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other.
A more severe form of social distancing for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 is self-isolation. Someone who is unwell will separate themselves from healthy people for seven days to stop the disease from spreading. Anyone living with symptomatic people should self-isolate for 14 days because of the virus’ incubation period.