Why Social Distancing Is So Important—Even If You Don’t Have Symptoms

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The numbers of people infected by coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has skyrocketed over the past few weeks across the United States, leading many businesses to temporarily close their doors, companies to institute work from home policies, and schools to cancel classes in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

Following the White House’s updated Monday, March 16 guidelines urging citizens to limit group gatherings to 10 people while recommending that people avoid restaurants, bars, and food courts altogether, more people than ever have begun stocking up on food and supplies and started staying home.

Whether you’ve already self-quarantined yourself or are thinking of doing so in the coming days, you might be wondering: What is social distancing and why is it so important? Here’s what to know.

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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