Research says that the closer you are to a person with the coronavirus, the bigger the chance of you getting it. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to keep a one-meter distance away from people but others suggest to go for 1.5 to 2 meters. Distance is one important thing to think about but another thing to note is the time you spend in close distance with people outside. The UK government suggests to limit the time spent in direct contact with people if possible.

The two-meter rule of social distance came from a research in the 1930s. It says that if somebody coughs or sneezes, small droplets released in the air will either evaporate or be pulled down by gravity. A large part of it will fall around two meters. Because of this, scientists list distance with an infected person and touching of infected objects as ways for a person to get the virus.

At present, we’re still not sure what “safe” distance is. Scientists are still finding answers to how viruses can be carried and if they are still harmful when they reach a certain distance. For now, wearing face masks and keeping a distance of at least two meters are some of the ways people can follow to stop viruses from spreading.