Keeping a social distance to avoid coronavirus

Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 20:01:25-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health says six feet is the magic number when it comes to avoiding COVID-19

They say you don’t have to stay away from everyday outings like grocery shopping. But Kristine Hollingsworth in the Collier office says you may want to wait until other shoppers are done picking their items before grabbing what you want.

“Social distancing is keeping six feet away from people whether they are sick or not,” she said.

And if you happen to see someone you know in a public place or not, Hollingsworth says there are ways to still greet each other.

“Avoid shaking hands, hugging, doing kissing. We’re recommending that people either do a fist bump, or a chicken wing, where they tap elbows,” she said.

That’s exactly what Fox 4’s Rachel Loyd did when she said hello to Jim Lynch who was shopping at a local grocery store. Lynch said he’s being careful, but not overly-cautious.

“I’m not going to let it control my life,” he said.

And Hollingsworth says that’s the way to approach it. She says if you’re healthy, you don’t have to avoid public places - including grocery stores and even large festivals. But keep a few things in mind.

“Hand washing, using sanitizer. Not touching your eyes, your nose, your mouth. That is all essential to keeping yourself and your community safe,” she said.

She added use hand sanitizer after you pay the cashier, especially if you use cash. But, nothing beats washing your hands with gold old soap and water. And if you’re going to a place of worship this weekend, try to sit six feet away from people in a pew, and avoid communion if you can.