With COVID-19 now that has become a pandemic, it is even more imperative to practice physical distancing or self-quarantine. But how are they different?

Self-quarantine is usually done when a person has risk or indirect exposure to the virus. For the case of COVID-19, the self-quarantine period lasts 14 days as the virus incubates in the body for 8 – 14 days according to WHO.

Self-quarantine is a practice where you isolate yourself from anyone, meaning that you are not allowed not to have visitors, or use shared hygienic tools.

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Physical distancing is a practice of staying at least six feet away from anyone (even if you or the other person do not show any symptoms). While self-quarantine is the practice of isolating yourself completely, with social distancing, you can still meet other people if the distance between you and the other person is at least 6 feet away.

So what are the do’s and don’ts of physical distancing? What should we avoid during physical distancing?


1. Maintain proper distance 

The most important thing for social distancing is always to remember to maintain our distances. There are special circumstances of distancing such as elevator standing position. 

2. Wash your hands

Another practice suggested by all health organizations is always to wash your hands. While soaps and hand sanitizers do not really kill viruses, it is proven useful to disrupt shell around viruses such as coronavirus. 

3. Research and learn more about the virus

By keeping yourself up to date about the virus and researching more about it, you can find the best practice on how to keep the infection low.


1. Avoid social gatherings

Although social distancing allows us to see people still, it is important to note that social gatherings or events should be avoided. The purpose of avoiding social gatherings is to reduce the risk of infection and to flatten the curve of new cases. 

Typically, being in an open space area where people can safely maintain their distance would be the best option

2. Visit older adults or people with higher risk

COVID-19 infection has a higher chance of developing some serious medical complications towards certain people. According to WHO, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to develop serious illnesses caused by the virus. 

3. Go to a health facility unless necessary

Another vital thing to understand is that in a country where COVID-19 cases are exploding, it impacts health facilities directly. Health facilities are starting to experience a resource shortage. It might be wiser only to visit a doctor whenever you develop serious symptoms to help doctors and nurses tend to critical patients.

If you have any health condition that needs doctor’s supervision, head over to Okadoc App to book your appointment online. Together, we all can overcome this!