Messaging: It’s not “social distance” that we need. It’s “physical distance.”

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7 thoughts on “Messaging: It’s not “social distance” that we need. It’s “physical distance.””

    1. Safety does not mean no eye-contact. There is not a single case – worldwide – of transmission by glance. We can also say hello. Even to a stranger!

    2. A recent city mandate that all park department employees shall wear masks all the time is without basis in science and it contradicts the ‘it’s OK to go outside,’ message. There is no scientific reason to wear masks when the closest person is hundreds of feet away. If the city mandate is because the city wants to send the message that we should wear masks, then say the complete message. Not half of it.

      We should be getting messages from a government that is truthful, accurate, and complete. If we do not know the answer, say that.

      1. Stay home messages are an oversimplified, one-size-fits-all solution. In some crowded areas, it may not be possible to go outside and still maintain physical distance. In those instances, stay home. But in many areas, it is possible to go outside and still respect physical distance.

        1. Signs of messaging failure include:

          MASKS. Wearing masks while alone in your car or with members of your household, outdoors, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running.

          GLOVES: wearing gloves and touching your face is no different than not wearing gloves and touching your face. Wearing gloves and touching your phone is no different than not wearing gloves and touching your phone.

          1. SANITIZING: We should not have to guess about sanitizers. Alcohol is hard to come by. What about Hydrogen Peroxide or Thymol? Hand sanitizer might be the second most (after handwashing) important thing we can do. If you touch something, sanitize. If you go to the ATM, touch the screen but then sanitize. The government should be messaging this to us.

          2. We could have wonderful public service announcements (PSAs). It could include good ideas such as wearing a bottle of sanitizer on a lanyard around your neck or reminding us to sanitize our house keys, and our phone, just as we sanitize our hands. Or provide some suggestions about how to enter your home without bringing the virus with you.

            Imagine a PSA where we see people laughing, smiling, and talking to each other in the park yet far apart. How about a fashion show for the “best mask?”

            We can do a much better job.

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