What ideas did you come up with about what physical distancing means?

Look at the ‘Why practice physical distancing?’ sheet. You can also do more research by using the internet or by looking at daily news bulletins on the television. 

Physical distancing, also called social distancing, is a set of measures to try to reduce or prevent the spread of an infectious disease. It focuses on keeping a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. There are many ways of practicing physical distancing.   

  • Staying at home except for essential activities like food shopping, collecting medicines, or exercising
  • Working from home if it is possible to do so
  • Avoiding indoor spaces apart from your own house. If you can’t avoid them, don’t spend long in them and make sure they are large or well-ventilated spaces
  • Staying a prescribed distance apart from people and avoiding being face to face with them, or touching them, if they are from outside your household
  • Avoiding crowds and avoiding public transport if at all possible
  • Can you think of any more physical-distancing measures? 

Why practise physical distancing?

Referring to the ‘Why practise physical distancing?’ sheet, work out for how long it might be safe to talk to someone who is in an enclosed space with you.

What if the windows are all wide open?

How long would it be safe to be on a bus with other people who are not talking or coughing or sneezing?

What about if someone coughs? Use your knowledge to create your own poster to explain how and why to maintain physical distancing.

If you have access to a computer and the internet, try this physical-distancing video game.