Patient Blog
Published: April 02, 2020

Flatten the curve: Why social distancing is important for people of all ages

Chances are you’ve heard the term “flattening the curve” lately. But what does it mean? And why should you practice social distancing regardless of your age and health? 

Due to COVID-19, many state and local governments have called for non-essential businesses to close and for residents to shelter-in-place. All this is done to promote social distancing, which is the key to “flattening the curve.”

Image credit: Mayo Clinic. Listen to their Q&A podcast: The importance of isolation to flatten the curve on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Basically, by minimizing the contact we have with others, we decrease the likelihood the virus can spread. This creates less strain on the health system, making it easier for sick people to receive treatment and preserving important resources for our doctors, nurses and medical staff. 

Without social distancing, the virus would spread faster, our medical system could become overwhelmed and it might not be able to support all patients with COVID-19.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that it may be possible for people who have been exposed to coronavirus to spread it even if they do not have symptoms. That’s why all of us, regardless of our age or health, do our part to keep our loved ones and neighbors healthy by practicing social distancing. 

If you have questions about your health or you’re not feeling well, contact your healthcare provider by phone or visit their website to determine whether you should be seen in-person.

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