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Social Distance vs. Physical Distance

As we tread through the unknown waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us not forget to stay close to family and friends. As a nation, we have been covering our mouths, washing our hands, and practicing “social distancing” mechanisms to curve the spread of the virus, but we have not outlined the unforeseen impacts of social distancing on our mental health. According to Medline Plus, health professionals are shifting from using the term “social distancing” and have geared their focus towards “physical distancing” instead. Medline Plus declares social distancing as the act of staying at least six feet away from people that do not reside in a person’s immediate household. Although this term has been widely used, it may be sending the wrong message and...