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Risk Communication and Community Engagement Guidance for Physical and Social Distancing

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Physical and social distancing measures are associated with limiting contact between people during disease outbreaks. These measures when applied are often enhanced by lockdowns or shutdowns as part of broader risk communication and community engagement strategies to halt the transmission of disease outbreaks. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, WHO has recommended the practice of physical distancing through various tools, in particular, the guidance on risk assessment for mass gatherings during COVID-19.