Why Social Distancing is Important


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Governor Jay Inslee extends Washington State’s stay-at-home order through May 31

With the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, social distancing is a necessity for Washington state, but not everyone is following these important guidelines.

Social distancing is a term that refers to keeping a safe distance from others to prevent the spread of disease. The Center for Disease Control has three main guidelines for social distancing: “stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings”.

Not everyone has been following these guidelines. This led to Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee issuing a shelter-in-place order, also referred to as a stay-at-home order. This legally requires people to stay in their homes unless it is for essential business or an emergency.

Despite this order, people in the Seattle area have still left their homes to meet friends in parking lots or even in each other’s homes. This puts the health and safety of several people at risk. Washington State has over 420 deaths from the virus alone.

A common misconception is that the Coronavirus if only lethal to elderly people. While elderly people are at a very high risk from the virus, many other people also are. These people could include loved ones with
compromised immune systems, lung problems, or other medical conditions.

People sometime break the mandatory quarantine to see friends because they are having a hard time coping with isolation. However, this could potentially spread the virus to those who are at risk, including friends and loved ones.

Some ways to cope with the quarantine include video calls with friends, calling friends on the phone, and playing online video games with friends. These are all great ways to connect with friends during the quarantine
while also preventing the virus from spreading to those at risk.

The quarantine may be hard for many, but it is still important that Seattleites follow the laws and guidelines to protect those who are at risk from the virus.