Social Distancing

India recently reported its second death due to COVID-19. This calls for increase in social distancing among the people to curb the virus’ spread.

Social Distancing

The term social distancing means measures taken to slow the spread of the virus (or other contagion) among people by increasing the physical distance among them. People can curb the spread of the virus by maintaining a distance of 6 feet from each other.

Flattening the Epidemic Curve

The social distancing measures are effective in flattening the epidemic curve. The epidemic curve is a statistical chart that gives the number of cases of the disease over a time period. It can help in understanding various aspects like source, trend over time, incubation period, etc. The curve is much steeper without proper control measures than with it.


Super spreader is a contagious patient, who causes the spreading of the disease to an unusually large number of people. He/ she is more likely to infect other people than a typically infected person. Eg: in South Korea, ‘Patient 31’ caused a disproportionate increase in COVID-19 cases.

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