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Social Distancing: How Far Is 6 Feet, Anyway?

July 27, 2020 - Katie McCallum

By now, you've got this social distancing thing down.

You know what it means: Reducing close contact between people. You know why it's important: It helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. And you know what it looks like: Keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Actually, hang on there, do you really know what six feet looks like?

Since social distancing could be the difference between getting COVID-19 and not getting COVID-19, as well as spreading it and not spreading it — it's probably best to double-check.

Here are eight real-life objects that can help you more reliably visualize that imaginary 6-foot distance you need to keep between yourself and others:  

1. An adult bike

The perfect measuring tape on wheels.

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2. A three-person sofa

We're in a one-person-per-couch kind of pandemic.

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3. An open door plus three more feet

Answering the door to accept a delivery? Stand back.

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4. A king-size bed

Even your personal bubble is king-sized these days.

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5. A sedan

 If someone is inching closer, politely ask them to slow their roll.

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6. Two square restaurant tables

Your party of two may actually need the table space for a party of eight.

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7. A yoga mat

Your zen extends to other end of your mat — even when you're not in a pose.

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8. A dairy cow

Social distancing means keeping a dairy cow between yourself and others.

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