Which is which; Social distancing or Physical distancing ?
I had a serious and beautiful intellectual engagement with colleague Sociologists, all day. Want to share the fallout:
•Social distancing is NOT the same as Physical distancing and their usage must not be synonymous.
•Physical distancing,is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other.It typically involves keeping a certain distance from others (Wikipedia)
•Social distance on the other hand refers to the level of acceptance people have of others outside of their own social group or class. This level of acceptance is defined by their general feelings toward others, and the amount of social interaction they have with people whose characteristics are outside of their social norm. Social distance is a measure of perceived difference (or distance) among groups. As a social construct, social distance is a familiar issue. Many common phrases refer to social distance, such as ‘out of your league’ and ‘birds of a feather flock together.
Some social characteristics that lead to social distance include race, ethnicity, age, gender, and economic class.
Some people for example, still exhibit extreme levels of racial social distance by not wanting to live or work with members of other ethnicities.This emerges from feelings and manifests in attitude which is a demonstration of Social distancing.
• Clearly then,the strategy to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is
“ PHYSICAL DISTANCING “ and NOT “social distancing”
• A very welcome development is that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has started using the phrase “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” as a way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus from people to people, a move widely welcomed by experts as a step in the “right direction”.
• Let’s observe Physical distancing to stop the spread of the corona virus.
• Stay safe, love life!