At its most basic, social distancing is a deliberate effort to
reduce your contact with others. Doing so will slow or prevent
community transmission of COVID-19, by decreasing the number of
opportunities the virus has to spread.
You can practice social distancing in many ways. For those in the
tech sector, working from home is a hugely powerful step you may
be able to take. Rogue Amoeba’s employees use home offices around
the globe, but if that weren’t the case, we’d be mandating working
from home now.
It’s not possible for everyone to work from home, but there are
still plenty of other changes you can implement. Avoid attending
group gatherings. Reduce the amount you leave the house. If you do
go out, maintain physical distance from others as best you can.
As Paul notes, there’s not much we can do individually, but doing what we can — particularly social distancing and frequent hand-washing — is both good for us collectively and at an individual level reduces that feeling of helplessness.