The Barga Social Distancing Project – OXO gallery Barga Tuscany Italy
In public health, social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures intended to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other.
It usually involves keeping a certain distance from others (the distance specified may differ from time to time and country to country) and avoiding gathering together in large groups.
By minimising the probability that a given uninfected person will come into physical contact with an infected person, the disease transmission can be suppressed, resulting in fewer deaths
The measures may be used in combination with others, such as good respiratory hygiene, face masks and hand washing.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization suggested favoring the term “physical distancing” as opposed to “social distancing”, as it is a physical separation which prevents transmission; people can remain socially connected via technology.