Putting space between yourself and others could help prevent a spike in U.S. coronavirus deaths.

By Michael O. Schroeder

This article is based on reporting that features expert sources.

AS THE NEW CORONAVIRUS disease, COVID-19, continues its rapid spread across the U.S., public health experts and governmental officials are strongly advising individuals and families to put space between themselves and others.

Seemingly overnight, the concept of social distancing has gone from emergency health preparedness and prevention jargon to a household phrase. It’s at the center of the fight to save lives amid the coronavirus pandemic by decreasing an anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. – or “flattening the curve.”