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Can You See Friends If You Stay 6 Feet Apart? Here's What Experts Say.

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 spread, we can all try to keep a reasonable distance from everybody, sick or healthy, as some persons are asymptomatic.

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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 spread, we can all try to keep a reasonable distance from everybody, sick or healthy, as some persons are asymptomatic.

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 neighbor, just make sure to keep the 6 feet apart rule and everything should be alright. Remember the further away, the better.

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. 

However, one exception to these rules refers to public gatherings, which usually take place in parks or on beaches: gatherings that imply more than ten people are overall to be avoided, even if the recommended distance can be kept.

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 face-to-face, but it is surely healthier and more helpful than just staying all alone, at home.

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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.

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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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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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Keeping close relationships

Forced separation, while new to most, is a fact of life for the world’s migrants. Many continue close ties with relatives, despite years or decades of physical distance.

Phone calls

Video communication can be too draining and may make feelings of separation more intense. Written communication can feel too impersonal and may not be accessible to people with visual impairments.

Migrant families rely on phone calls for almost all of their communication as calls are intimate and convey emotions without the constant visual reminders of separation.

Communicate to connect

Migrants greet something like this: "I send greetings to you to my grandchildren, to my daughter-in-law, and to all those who surround you."

Such elaborated greetings articulate family relationships that stretch across space. They continually create and re-create connections despite the distance.

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