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June 6, 2020

Words Lead Actions: Social Distancing or Physical Distancing

Companies and Business across Toronto are getting ready to “open for business” in the weeks ahead subject to the mandates from the Province.  We wanted to share some information on one of the best “get ready for business under our new norm” Webinars our firm has participated in to date.

Social distancing or physical distancing: What’s the difference and which is best?

As we’re living the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been covering our mouths, washing our hands and practicing “social distancing.” But the conversation is shifting from “social distancing” towards “physical distancing.”

Why? Because of the unseen impact of social distancing and isolation on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. Knowing the difference can help us improve our mental health during these unprecedented times.

Social distancing vs. physical distancing

In the current context, social distancing refers to staying at least 6 feet away from people to help avoid getting sick and “flatten the curve” in the spread of COVID-19.

While “social distancing” is still widely used, it may be sending the wrong message and contributing to social isolation.

Rather than sounding like you have to socially separate from your family and friends, ‘physical distancing’ simplifies the concept with the emphasis on keeping 6 feet away from others.

We’re fortunate to be in the age of technology where connecting instantly with someone on the other side of the country is possible. During times like this – of quarantine and isolation – it’s important we stay connected virtually with the people in our lives.

Staying in touch with people feeds the human connection we all need to thrive daily, but physical distance is vital to slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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