WATCH — What is social distancing?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2020-03-13 19:18
UPDATE: When this article and video originally published on March 13, the Canadian government was recommending people stay one metre apart. As of March 19, the government is saying two metres apart (about two arms lengths) is better. Officials have also started using the term "physical distancing" instead. What does that mean? WATCH — What is physical distancing?

It’s about staying away from others to avoid spreading the coronavirus

Have you been told not to hug or touch your friends?

That’s called social distancing.

Why are we talking about this now?

Some public health officials are encouraging social distancing as a way to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Check out this video for more on what that means:

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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