In the context of a virus, social distancing means limiting physical interaction with other individuals, whether ill or well. A virus can spread through coughs and sneezes, which can project to about six feet from the person coughing, but also by touch.
To limit the potential spread of disease:
Avoid large gatherings. It’s impossible for you to know whether another attendee is ill.
Use fist bumps or elbow bumps instead of shaking hands or hugging.
Don’t share drinks or food.
Wash your hands! You have undoubtedly touched surfaces that others have touched before you, and the virus can live up to nine days on those surfaces.
Use a paper towel or napkin when available to minimize handling of high-touch surfaces with your hands.
Keep surfaces clean: this means doorknobs, counters, refrigerators, faucets, and anything that other people touch.
Refrain from touching your face. This keeps your fingers away from your eyes/nose/mouth, which are the entry points for the virus.
Nonessential travel is not recommended, but if you must be on a plane/bus/train, be sure to wipe down the surfaces surrounding you, and bring hand sanitizer with you.
These methods will not only keep you healthy but will make it more difficult for a virus to spread to others.