SOCIAL DISTANCING: Does it Work?

By: Raj Ghotra

COVID-19 took a huge toll on everyone’s lives, causing kids to stay out of school and stay at home and elders to lose their jobs and losing their only way of income. The virus was spreading faster than anything ever seen before. Social distancing was put in place to stop the spread of the virus. “Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, announced Wednesday that newly updated models show a major decline in the number of predicted cases and fatalities linked to COVID-19.” This article showed how just in the first week of social distancing the amount of people affected by the virus declined a huge amount. 

Scientists also believe that social distancing has a huge effect on the virus and that it may be discouraging at first but later we will see the number of cases drop and eventually end. Two top physicians of the White House COVID-19 task force think that social distancing measures look to be helping the spread of the virus to slow down and save more American lives.  “Models used by the White House predict that even with perfect adherence to social distancing guidelines, at least 100,000 Americans might die.” The article shows even if we maintain social distancing, at least 100,000 Americans will lose their lives to this virus. Staying at home may have a positive effect on people’s lives and decrease the spread of the virus, but this may have a negative effect on people’s mind and may even cause depression leading to suicide for some people. 

Social distancing has affected the spread of the virus and the amount of cases seen above has a dramatic number of change and has saved so many lives. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period.  Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. If you have any symptoms of the COVID-19, please isolate yourself or take the proper precautions and help save lives and get through this pandemic.