Physical Distancing Saves Lives
Six feet saves lives. Maintaining physical distancing is more than a request, a guideline or a preventative measure. It’s one of the key weapons we have in defending against the spread of COVID-19, and it’s one we can utilize to save lives. Currently, there is no approved vaccine or medication for COVID-19, and our bodies have yet to develop an immunity to it. COVID-19, like any virus, needs human beings to replicate and survive. Physical distancing — staying six feet apart from people when shopping or walking and working from home if possible, avoiding groups larger than 10 — is a way to rob this virus of what it needs to survive, reduce the number of lives lost, and bring an end to this difficult time much sooner.
CDC video explains "Coronavirus and What You Should Do"
Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation and is partnering globally to lead the work regarding COVID19. Find information about COVID19, how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you are sick, current COVID19 data, people needing extra protection, and more on their website at www.CDC.gov.
How does COVID-19 spread? Similarly to other respiratory illnesses.
- Person-to-person contact:
- To become sick, you have to be exposed to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
- Exposure can occur through respiratory droplets -- when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory viruses spread.
- Infected surfaces or objects:
- It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes.
- For these reasons, people at increased risk of infection are:
- People who have been to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
- People who had direct close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
"My top priority as Governor is keeping the people of our state safe. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been hard at work to detect and contain COVID-19 and has been partnering with federal and local health departments."