How Social Distancing Slows the Spread of COVID-19 | Paid Post | Coronavirus | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Published April 8, 2020 at 6:57 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2020 at 12:05 p.m.

Did you know that one person who has COVID-19 can spread the virus to 406 people in 30 days — and someone who is sick with no symptoms can still spread this highly contagious virus? It’s unlikely that anything will completely stop it, which is why slowing it down is so critical.


How staying home flattens the curve

Stretching out the rate of infection over time so that hospitals can keep up, providing respirators and other critical resources that are a matter of life and death for people at high risk; older members of our community, people with compromised immune systems or other health conditions that make them more susceptible to infections.

What you can do to slow the spread and flatten the curve

  • Staying home helps slow the spread of the virus. This protects our community and reduces the burden on health care providers.
  • If you are outside of your home, keep a social distance of at least 6 feet from any other people. If you have a cough, wear a mask to protect others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. And keep your hands away from your face.
  • Unless it is an emergency, if you feel sick or have mild COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home and contact your doctor by phone or through MyChart. You can also use the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to review your symptoms.
  • If you need care, our emergency departments and urgent, specialty and primary care practices are ready to care for you. Video and telephone visits, and in some cases in-person visits, can be arranged.

To find more advice from UVM Health Network on staying healthy at home and coping with COVID-19:

This article was commissioned and paid for by UVM Health Network.