1. Social Distancing refers to focused measures and/or community wide measures to increase social distance between individuals who are well and unexposed from individuals who have been exposed or infected by a communicable disease. Also known as community containment.
2. Social distancing is an infection control strategy that includes methods of reducing the frequency and closeness of contact between people to limit the spread of infectious diseases. Generally, social distancing refers to the avoidance of gatherings with many people.
(2006, Pandemic Influenza Business Continuity Guide & Template for San Francisco Businesses. San Francisco Department of Public Health. Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Section.)