Updated: July 20, 2020 at 11:05AM
Recent studies indicate that a significant portion of COVID-19 transmission is done by asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals—those who don't know they are sick. That's why one of the first tools to employ in the fight against COVID-19 is physical distancing. Physical distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can become infected and spread COVID-19.
To practice physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
- Observe posted maximum occupancy of rooms and maintain all furniture configurations and space setups that maximize physical distancing.
- Comply with partitions, stanchions, and other physical barriers or visual cues that are utilized to maintain physical distancing.
- For example, employees are encouraged to use the stairs inside campus buildings whenever possible and walking up and down stairs on the right-hand side. Elevators occupancy should be limited per posted guidelines. Employees and visitors to campus are expected to keep at least 6 feet distance in restrooms.