To Beat COVID-19, Social Distancing is a MustPosted on March 19th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collinsgettyimages/SDI ProductionsEven in less challenging times, many of us try to avoid close contact with someone who is sneezing, coughing, or running a fever to avoid getting sick ourselves. A new study shows that simply avoiding symptomatic people will not go far enough to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. • After China established travel restrictions and social distancing, the spread of COVID-19 slowed considerably. As these new findings clearly demonstrate, each of us must take social distancing seriously in our daily lives. While many Americans will likely spend weeks working and studying from home and practicing other social distancing measures, the stakes remain high.