Corona Virus Outbreak: Keep Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing

10 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2020 Last revised: 27 Jul 2020

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Satyendra Kumar

Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE)

Date Written: March 28, 2020

Abstract

Different authorities have been urging to practice ‘social distancing’ and/or ‘physical distancing’; and also suggesting different measures for distancing to slowing spread of novel corona virus (2019-nCoV). I describe both the phenomena ‘physical and social distancing’ in socio-psycho and political context and discuss the implications. I highlight ‘distance society’, social presence, importance of media and technologies; and media pedagogy. The findings show that authorities should use the terminology physical distancing instead of social distancing; and should encourage social unity — solidarity, responsibility, cooperation — and social closeness while practicing ‘physical distancing’.

Keywords: Coronavirus, social distancing, physical distancing, distance measure, distance society, media literacy, ICT

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Satyendra, Corona Virus Outbreak: Keep Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing (March 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3568435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3568435

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