According to The American Red Cross, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. Examples include avoiding mass gatherings, working from home if possible, closing schools, visiting loved ones electronically instead of in-person and canceling or postponing conferences or large meetings.

It’s frightening, confusing and for some, cause for anger. However, there is a public health reason for these measures. These cancellations will help stop or slow down the spread of disease, which will help to avoid overwhelming the health care system so ill patients can be cared for over time.

If You’re Returning from International Travel, here are some resources to help you maintain your health and abide by national and local guidelines:

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the CDC:

CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation.