News | Published March 24, 2020

How to help: practice social distancing

Social distancing is when you put space between yourself and others. Social distancing includes:

  • Staying home as much as you can
  • Avoiding public spaces
  • Keeping at least six feet between you and others if you must go out
  • Not attending or hosting large gatherings
  • Avoiding use of mass transit

Practicing social distancing along with other everyday precautions, such as frequently washing your hands and staying home when you are sick, can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Some may find it hard to stay inside or away from friends and family during this time. Luckily, technology has made it easier to keep in touch with loved ones. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness and boredom during social distancing. You can utilize text messaging, phone calls, social media and Skype or FaceTime to connect with loved ones.

And, it's still ok to go outside. Fresh air can have a positive effect on your mental health. You can:

  • Sit on your front porch
  • Ride a bike
  • Take a walk (keeping sure to stay six feet from others)
  • Play with your kids in your yard

The most important thing to remember is social distancing can save lives and is an easy way for everyone to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about how to stay protected and how Mount Nittany Health is preparing and responding to COVID-19, visit