As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the major story across the globe, you’ve probably heard the phrase “social distancing” quite a bit and with good reason: it’s one of the best preventative measures you can take to protect yourself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stressed that by “avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” you can help slow the spread of the virus. But with many schools and colleges shut down as a result of the outbreak at the same time as annual Spring Break vacations, families and students may make group outings to the beach or other gathering places to cope with anxiety or to escape self-quarantine for a few hours. But now, more than ever, infectious disease specialist Alan Taege, MD, says it’s important to fight that temptation and continue practicing isolation. “It may not make for a fun Spring Break, but it’s an essential step in helping curb an outbreak,” Dr. Taege says.

 

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