The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing
March 20, 2020 Kelechi Okekeghe

Social distancing is a global public health strategy recommended to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing does not mean self-isolation, but it does mean that we must avoid close physical contact with other people and contaminated surfaces as much as possible.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of social distancing:


  • Do keep a 1-metre distance between yourself and other people
  • Do use an alcohol-based sanitiser and wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Do stay in touch with friends and family via phone, video chats and social media
  • Do keep a daily routine
  • Do exercise in open areas and/or take walks in your neighbourhood


  • Don’t gather in groups of 5 of more
  • Don’t shake hands or hug people
  • Don’t accept visitors, or visit family and friends
  • Don’t go to bars, restaurants, hotels, gyms or playgrounds
  • Don’t make non-essential trips

In the event that you notice any symptoms peculiar to Coronavirus, please call the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the following numbers: 08093810105, 08163215251, 08031571667 and 08135050005.


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