Social distancing is a term many of us have been hearing a lot of over the last few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. To assist with social distancing many states have closed schools, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, etc., and while social distancing has proven to help reduce the spread of viruses there are still people ignoring these restrictions.

During the 1918 influenza pandemic St. Louis was one of the first to shut down many of the places where people gather, and they had lower cases of the virus vs. other places that chose to wait to close places where people gather. Essentially the quicker communities can enforce social distancing the quicker they can contain the spread of the virus.

With this information, why are some communities slow to enforce social distancing? And when some communities do try to enforce social distancing, why is there so much push back from people? What do you think can be done to get people to understand the need for social distancing? How do you think communities can better enforce social distancing?


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  • I like the graphic, a PSA for families and friends would help in all languages. NPR posted; https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/17/817251610/its-...

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