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Can You See Friends If You Stay 6 Feet Apart? Here's What Experts Say.
Social distancing has become the new normal for the majority of Americans in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus . Many folks across the country have been staying at home for the better part of a month, in accordance with directives from government and health officials.

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The rule of '6 feet apart'

The rule of '6 feet apart'

This rules appeared because recent research has shown that respiratory droplets can travel around 6 feet. 

However, while we cannot be absolutely sure that this distance will stop the sp...

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Social distancing made more attractive

In order to better handle the current situation, experts recommend going out for walks or exercise at off-hours and alone, if possible.

If you really want to spend time with your friend or n...

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The exception to the rule

Everybody knows or, at least, should know by now the rule of the 6 feet apart. This distance is recommended in the current period, in order to slow down the spread of the virus. 

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Virtual visits

Virtual visits

The safest way to keep relationships alive during this period is, without any doubt, by means of video calls using tools such as Zoom, FaceTime or TikTok. It might not feel as real as when done fac...

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Keeping social distance

If people have to go outside, they should keep at least a 2m (6.5ft) distance from others.

People with flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough and high temperature should self-isolate at home ...

Social distancing is necessary

The new virus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets into the air. These can be breathed in, or you can become infected when you touch a surface they have landed on, and then touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Social distancing involves working from home if possible.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Stay away from crowded places.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family.

What is allowed when social distancing

  • See family and friends if it's essential.
  • Walk your dog for some exercise is important.
  • If you have no symptoms, provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbors.
  • Go to the shop for food and groceries.
  • Exercise at a safe distance from others.

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The trade-offs

The trade-offs

Transit agencies around the world are wrestling with how to bring riders back safely while considering the financial and public health trade-offs. Simply restricting the number of passengers ...

Available strategies

  • In Asia and Europe, where some cities have already reopened, public transit systems are experimenting with cutting bus capacity, timed ticketing and checking riders' temperatures.
  • In Paris, officials mandate face masks for riders and will limit the number of seats available.
  • Transit officials in London have added social distancing markers.
  • China is using government surveillance, where citizens must download software onto their smartphones that indicates their health status.
  • In China, cutting the capacity of buses is enforced with onboard cameras. Chinese officials also dispense hand sanitizer at transit hubs.

  • Authorities in Hong Kong have added robots that spray a hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect train cars.

  • In Beijing, officials are testing a "subway by appointment" system during peak hours.

  • To reduce rush hour traffic, major employers in Asia and Europe have brought workers back on rotating weekday schedules, provided them private transportation, and temporarily housed them within walking distance of their offices.

The risk of contagion

The risk of contagion on the subway is reasonably high. Its an enclosed space, poorly ventilated and have high foot traffic.

The subway will have to regain the trust of riders. The move to shut down the subway for four hours every night for disinfecting trains, equipment and stations is the first move to safeguard the system. Halting the service at night will also provide time to test new, more efficient disinfecting technologies.

Self-isolation and parenting

Parenting while practicing self-isolation is not about doing everything a hundred percent all the time. It's about doing as much as you possibly can.

Something is better than nothing,...

It's really, really hard

It's hard to work from home and parent. Working from home full time during regular workday hours, care for your children, and sprinkle in a mix of homeschooling, is essentially asking parents to do multiple full-time jobs simultaneously.

  • Many parents relax screen time rules for now.
  • Get on a schedule if you find it helpful, or refuse to feel guilty for lack of a schedule.
  • Set up many FaceTime and Zoom dates with your friends and your kid's friends, and grandparents.
  • Understanding the situation of working-from-home-parents will go a long way by not holding their diminished productivity against them.
  • If you're a manager, there's no harm in announcing at the beginning of your conference call that it's OK if there are little voices from time to time.

Explaining the unsure future to children.

  • It is best to be honest when you have to talk about when a child will be going back to school or reschedule their birthday party when you don't know yourself.
  • You can say that some scientists think it would be a few months, but you don't really know yet. Then ask them how they feel about that and if they have questions. See what information you can find together.

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