What does social distancing mean?

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce the spread of the disease. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, or small-scale measures like individuals avoiding larger groups of people. At this time it is recommended that individuals maintain at least a six-foot distance between themselves and others and practice self-isolation if they show symptoms of being ill.

The goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on healthcare systems and workers

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1. How have Village services been impacted?
2. How can I help protect first responders from getting COVID-19 if I have to call 9-1-1?
3. Why was the ambulance crew wearing special gear when treating my neighbor?
4. Is there a shortage of COVID-19 test kits?
5. Can I donate personal protective equipment, like face masks?
6. What can I do to help my neighbors and the community?
7. What does social distancing mean?
8. How can I participate in the Skokie Spirit Shines Through campaign?
9. Is it true that Skokie parks are closed?
10. Are Village meetings and events canceled?
11. The Village of Skokie has declared a State of Emergency. What does this mean?
12. Where can I turn for financial assistance?
13. Is the water quality safe?
14. I heard that mixing a few household cleaners is good to disinfect against COVID-19. Is this true?
15. How can I support small businesses in Skokie during this crisis?
16. Is food available to those in need during this crisis?
17. Is there a list of Skokie restaurants and businesses that are open and offering carry-out, delivery or curbside service?
18. Do any businesses offer special shopping hours for seniors?
19. How can I stay connected to the Skokie Public Library?
20. Is there special information for childcare centers, including home daycare operations?
21. Is there special information for dentists, orthodontists and other oral care professionals?
22. How can I stay informed?