Social Distancing Guidelines, as Stated by NCDC.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is Nigeria’s national public health institute with the mandate to protect Nigerians from the impact of communicable diseases of public health significance, amongst other responsibilities.
During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCDC released some basic guidelines for social distancing, that is to reduce the spread of the virus. In this article, all you need to know about social distancing guidelines as stated by NCDC has been provided for you below. Carefully read through.
What is Social Distancing?
It is a strategy to reduce physical contact between people with the aim of slowing down and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in a community.
- This measure involves strict adherence to;
- Non-physical greetings (avoiding handshaking or hugs)
- Maintaining at least 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance between yourself and individuals and;
- Closure of activities that will cause any form of gathering including schools, places of worship, sporting and social events.
Implementation of Social Distancing
You should know that social distancing should be implemented by all individuals and the entire communities.
State governments, at all levels, are taking proactive measures to shut down schools, offices, large gathering for an initial period of time. Individuals and communities are advised strongly to #TakeResponsibility and observe social distancing directives, limiting contact with others.
How to Effectively Practice Social Distancing
- Use of non-physical greetings
- Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, NCDC’s 24/7 toll-free number 0800 970 000 0010. Do not self-medicate
- Persons with a persistent cough or sneezing should also stay at home until they recover
- Obey national and state directives requesting the cancellation and avoidance of large gatherings, including places of worship, social and sporting events.
- Avoid crowded spaces such as open markets, crowded supermarkets and pharmacies
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser if no water and soap are available.
Through social distancing, you can protect yourself, loved ones and society at large. This is an effective way to limit the chances of catching the virus, slowing down the transmission and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
If we can adhere to this, we will be able to quickly and effectively halt the spread of the disease, resume our routine daily activities and be with our loved ones.
VIsit NCDC Guideline Page – For more information
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