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The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing

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It was March 20 that the World Health Organization officially expressed a preference for the term “physical distancing” as opposed to “social distancing.” In response to a question about appropriate behavior on the first day of spring, in Iran in particular, physician Mike Ryan, head of the UN agency’s Health Emergencies Program, warned that crowds were to be avoided, whatever the reason. “I think we need to be exceptionally careful… not to bring too many people together too closely at any one time.” His technical director, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, chimed in:  “If I can just add, you may have