The etiquette of social distancing

The point of keeping a safe distance away isn't just to keep you from catching the virus. It's so you don't then spread it to others, who may pass it on and so on.

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Opinion

March 18, 2020 - 10:07 AM

A closed basketball court is blocked by caution tape in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Steven Pergam is like a Miss Manners for the age of coronavirus. His job title, after all, is “Infection Preventionist.”

His Twitter avatar is a drawing of him with virus microbes floating in the air around his head.

He’s been practicing the disease-avoidance strategy called “social distancing” for years, long before the arrival of the coronavirus thrust this new etiquette on the rest of us.

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