Physical Distancing



Day 02 – Stay Home Order

The ubiquitous “social distancing” term popularized during this coronavirus pandemic might not be the accurate term according to a recent article on the Washington Post. According the Post article, some expert prefer to use ‘physical distancing’. A Standford psychologist also urges practicing “distant socializing” instead of social distancing. Since March 20, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recommendation to adopt “physical distancing”.

We’re changing to say physical distance and that’s on purpose because we want people to still remain connected. So find ways to do that, find ways through the Internet and through different social media to remain connected because your mental health going through this is just as important as your physical health.

Dr Maria Kerkhove, WHO Epidemiologist (source: WHO Briefing)

Daniel Aldrich, a professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University is quoted as saying:

Slow the spread of the coronavirus should encourage strengthening social ties while maintaining that physical distancing. These social ties are the critical element to getting through disasters.

Daniel Aldrich (Source: The Washington Post)

According to the Post reporting, Prof Aldrich thinks that the term social distancing is “misleading and that its widespread usage could be counterproductive.

Some people think the [term] social distancing literally sounds like, ‘If I had friendships before, it’s time to hunker down. Or, if I were a member of a church or synagogue, it’s time to pray by myself’. But the covid-19 order is going to be around for a while, and we need to feel connected.

Daniel Aldrich (Source: The Washington Post)

Stay-Home: Day 2

On Day 2 of Stay-at-home order in Minnesota most streets are quieter traffic, still peoples in the neighborhood still taking their walks. ‘In a region embarking on a deep lockdown to keep a potentially deadly virus at bay, the mood was solemn and subdued, the landscape a still life’, writes local news paper Star Tribune in a headline.

Stay Home Orders by States

According to the CNN reporting, at least 216.9 million Americans are under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders by States authorities, as of March 29 morning. One CNN reads ‘One nation under coronavirus: How two weeks changed America‘ with a content like:

The disease is still spreading, with thousands of new cases and deaths despite the efforts to “flatten the curve.” The toll of social distancing can be measured in millions of new jobless claims, a $2 trillion stimulus bill, and a modest bump to Trump’s approval ratings.

It’s also reported that cases in New York are now doubling about every two days due to aggressive testing. Meanwhile, in California, the number of known cases is doubling about every three days.

New York – Coronavirus Epicenter

“New York has become the epicenter of the country’s outbreak with 52,318 confirmed cases and 728 deaths so far. When adjusted for population, that translates to roughly 269 known cases for every 100,000 residents”, as per interactive cases updates by CNN.

According to yet another CNN reporting, “Dr. Colleen Smith, an emergency room doctor at Elmhurst, told The New York Times in a video” that ‘everything is not fine‘.

Leaders from various offices from the President to the head of Health and Hospitals saying things like, ‘We’re going to be fine, everything’s fine.’ And from our perspective, everything is not fine. I don’t have the support that I need, and even just the materials that I need physically to take care of my patients. And it’s America and “we’re supposed to be a first-world country“.

Colleen Smith, Emergency room doctor at Elmhurst (Source: CNN)

Coronavirus Watch

According to Johns Hopkins database (as of March 29, 6:40 a.m.) there are 124,686 confirmed covid19 infection with 2,147 deaths. The United States now has more reported coronavirus cases than any other country in the world. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 679,977 with 31,734 deaths.The MDH latest tally (as of March 28), the confirmed case in Minnesota is 441 (out of 16,129 tested) from 41 counties with 5 deaths.