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How to practice social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, it’s important that we do our part to protect ourselves and those around us, and especially individuals who are most vulnerable.

Experts recommend social distancing to slow the spread and impact of COVID-19. But what does that actually look like and why does it matter?

In this latest video update, BlueCross Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Andrea Willis shares quick tips on social distancing and how to limit your exposure to the virus. 

To properly distance yourself and lower the risk of COVID-19 infection, practice follow these steps:

  • Avoid large gatherings and public places.
  • Limit all travel and movement within your community. 
  • Stay at home, allowing few visitors.

And as always, continue to practice these protective measures:

  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Keep a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day.

For the latest information we’re sharing with our members and the public regarding COVID-19, visit

About Ali Whittier, CHES®, Senior Communications Specialist

A photo of the authorAli joined the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee corporate communications team in 2014 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). A native of Iowa, she has more than a decade of experience in health promotion and community engagement, as well as health care communications.

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