Today, the words on everyone's tongues are "social distancing," the process of separating society in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the third entry in our Coronavirus resource series, I wanted to discuss that term and how better to refine it, based on an NPR interview on the topic.
Humans are essentially a social species, and we thrive on connections, especially in times like these. There are thousands upon thousands of stories of social ties saving lives in disasters and making them more bearable.
These sorts of connections will help us get through this.
When the epidemiologists say "social distancing," they don't mean don't talk to friends and family. In contrast, they highly encourage it. It is a better idea than ever to call your parents or grandparents. FaceTime your friends. Make sure that you are talking to people and staying plugged in.
Therefore, we shouldn't call it "social distancing." Perhaps "physical distancing" is a better term. We want normal social life to continue on as usually as possible, just 6 feet apart.
Stay safe, stay home, and stay together!