Re: Terminology: "physical distancing" vs "social distancing"
From: Diana Carroll (dianaecarrollgmail.com)
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 13:44:41 -0700 (PDT)
I like the term physical distancing instead, but I'm afraid the "social
distancing" ship has already sailed.

On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 4:35 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:

> > On Apr 9, 2020, at 4:12 PM, David Jaggar <davidjaggar [at] gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > So within community and cohousing networks and elsewhere I’d like to
> > suggest dropping the term “social distancing” in favour of “physical
> > distancing” or some such equivalent.
>
> One good thing about social is that it reminds people that this is
> something that applies to social situations. It means distance from other
> people in social settings.
>
> Physical could mean anything — distancing from tables, walls, cars, etc.
> The most frequent topic of emails in the last 3 days has been about
> buttons, for example. How to protect yourself from them, how to clean them,
> etc. How to use an ATM safely.
>
> It’s evoking the connection to people that is most important. Other people
> and me, other people and buttons I want to touch, etc.
>
> Why the cars are still social distancing on the usual busy street outside
> by window, I think is also the result of people thinking about distancing
> from other drivers. I haven’t measured but when they stop at the stoplight,
> they are now 6’ apart. Last week it varied from 1-2 car lengths.
>
> Sharon
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> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
> http://www.takomavillage.org
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