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Am I allowed outside?
The government says it is prepared to take "more action" if people do not follow its advice to limit the spread of coronavirus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC that some people's behaviour was "very selfish", after crowds were pictured in parks and other places at the weekend.


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Keeping social distance

If people have to go outside, they should keep at least a 2m (6.5ft) distance from others.

People with flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough and high temperature should self-isolate at home ...


Social distancing is necessary

The new virus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets into the air. These can be breathed in, or you can become infected when you touch a surface they have landed on, and then touch y...


What is allowed when social distancing

  • See family and friends if it's essential.
  • Walk your dog for some exercise is important.
  • If you have no symptoms, provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbors.



Self-isolation means staying at home. Do what you can to limit social contact to a minimum when you have to leave the house.

  • If you have a fever of above 37,8C, a persistent cough o...


People with severe health conditions

The most vulnerable group should not go out at all for at least 12 weeks. Others in the same household, and carers, can go out provided they observe proper social distancing. The most vu...


Living with a vulnerable person

  • Keep at least 2m away from a vulnerable person during any period of isolation.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep all rooms well-venti...



The rule of '6 feet apart'

The rule of '6 feet apart'

This rules appeared because recent research has shown that respiratory droplets can travel around 6 feet. 

However, while we cannot be absolutely sure that this distance will stop the sp...

Social distancing made more attractive

In order to better handle the current situation, experts recommend going out for walks or exercise at off-hours and alone, if possible.

If you really want to spend time with your friend or neighbor, just make sure to keep the 6 feet apart rule and everything should be alright. Remember the further away, the better.

The exception to the rule

Everybody knows or, at least, should know by now the rule of the 6 feet apart. This distance is recommended in the current period, in order to slow down the spread of the virus. 

However, one exception to these rules refers to public gatherings, which usually take place in parks or on beaches: gatherings that imply more than ten people are overall to be avoided, even if the recommended distance can be kept.

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Quarantine and mental health

Limiting social contact is the best way to reduce the spread of the new virus. But this doesn't make the whole process easier.
Recent research found that quarantine is linked with post-trauma...

Fighting the confusion

It is crucial to have access to reliable, consistent information and updates so that people can understand what we know, what we don’t know and how we are trying to close this gap.
Public health and government services should provide detailed information about the symptoms of the new virus, its typical course, how many are being cared for at hospitals, and for how long.

Coping mechanisms

  • Create a sense of community and connection with others: talk often to your friends and your family members.
  • Create a sense of effectiveness: assign yourself work, exercise indoors or immerse yourself in creative activities.
  • Create a sense of purpose: offering to help others from a distance can help create a sense of purpose and community. Also, take care of your household; consider rearranging the furniture or cleaning the house.

Do's and Don'ts for Social Distancing

  • Avoid gathering in public places.
  • Keep 6-10 feet distance from other people.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
  • Minimize social contact and limit ...

When Going Outside

  • If going to the gym, maintain distance, avoid crowds, disinfect all surfaces that are being touched, and keep washing your hands.
  • Use alternative exercising options like nature parks with fewer people around.
  • Avoid going to the grocery store at peak hours.
  • Do not interact face-to-face with strangers while at a counter or if you are delivering something yourself.
  • Work From Home option should be utilized.

Points to note

  • Minimize your use of public transportation or take the ride-sharing option as it has fewer people, and avoid peak hours at any cost.
  • Don't go to and don't initiate parties to which a large number of people are invited.
  • Keep connecting virtually with your loved ones and your elderly relatives.

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