For me, "social distancing" is a candidate for the worst word of the year because it totally puts the wrong emphasis. The most important thing we actually need to flatten the curve is physical distancing.

Please do not distance socially and do not isolate yourselves or others. Keep socialising remotely, stay in contact, look for and update each other. Especially if times get harder. Thank you.


I'd guess that mass consumption of garlic (raw, in chicken soup, fish chowder, miso soup,...etc) could help alot in self-enforcement of that "physical distancing" to prevent #corona virus contagiousness.

@3rik The #WHO came to the same conclusion and changed their wording to “physical distancing”.


@chpietsch I hope everyone else, our politicians and media follow

@3rik @chpietsch On CNN, they interviewed a clinical psychiatrist and she used the term "physical distancing" several times before slipping up once and saying "social distancing". Everyone else just went on calling it "social distancing" but usage does appear to be shifting after the WHO announcement. #wordsmatter

@3rik @chpietsch (unrelated to "social distancing", regarding WHO): now if they could just stop bullying #Taiwan as well ...


"I am good at social distancing. Always have been. I was down at the end of the bar, happy with a third round, glaring the rest of you away. And now they've come for my drink and they're locking the doors. I hope all you sharing, chatty motherfuckers are proud of yourselves."

Have you maybe considered the viewpoint that there are other people who don't prefer to use online media and/or who don't find them equal as to being in person with someone else?

Because then you could understand, that "social distancing" is then a well chosen word, as these people feel socially distanced from each other.

@fantazo Hmm ... I shun things like videocalls and much prefer to meet people in person, or failing that, write to them. I don't accept digital media as a substitute.

Yet I also disagree with the tem. It seems to carry some worrisome connotations. "Social distancing" seems to imply the atrophy of social relations, of society itself. The markets would certainly love that, and we can't allow it to happen, especially not in times of crisis. And "physical distancing" is certainly more accurate.

@3rik I think the term was chosen so that it stands in opposition to “social gatherings” as this is how we tend to describe the activities that contribute to the propagation of the virus: concerts, events, conferences, etc.. But yes, the connotation of social disconnection is unfortunate, even more so when considering how trying this situation is.

@matias @3rik and even more so when you consider how counterproductive that would be ... looking only to the state in times of crisis tends to bring out the worst in people. we need each other, we need to help each other ...

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