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Social distancing indoors not enough to prevent COVID-19 exposure

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Sep 16, 2021 … UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Social distancing and remaining six feet away from other people isn’t enough to stop the spread of viral airborne aerosols (like COVID-19) while indoors, researchers from Penn State warn. The “six-foot rule” has been a general safety recommendation throughout the pandemic. However, this study concludes even six and a half feet may…

Indoor social distancing rules don’t ‘adequately address’ COVID-19, 6 feet no better than 60 feet

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Apr 26, 2021 … CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — COVID-19 has left many businesses across the world struggling to stay afloat. With public safety rules limiting indoor capacity and mandating customers stay six feet apart, some shops literally don’t have the space to make ends meet. Now, a new study is challenging these public health guidelines, saying a one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t work.…

‘COVID shame’ stopping many from reporting infections, properly social distancing

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Mar 26, 2021 … CANTERBURY, United Kingdom — The moment an individual learns they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is a scary one. Along with the obvious health implications, many may wonder if friends, family, or employers will view them differently now. Such fears may be irrational, but a study finds “COVID shame” is likely keeping some from reporting their…

CDC ‘revisiting guidances’ after study shows just 3 feet of social distancing is safe for schools

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Mar 15, 2021 … BOSTON, Mass. — In many areas of the United States, the debate over reopening schools boils down to what safety measures officials believe students should be observing. While social distancing guidelines typically call for six feet of space between people of all ages, a new study finds kids are just as safe with much less space…

Social distancing may have also stopped outbreak of rare, polio-like virus

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Mar 11, 2021 … PRINCETON, N.J. — One year into the coronavirus pandemic, it appears social distancing measures have successfully stopped a rare virus — but not the one you think. Researchers at Princeton University say that COVID safety protocols not only helped to curb the spread of coronavirus in 2020, they also prevented an outbreak of the polio-like illness…

The weather has a bigger impact on COVID spread than social distancing, study concludes

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Feb 03, 2021 … WASHINGTON — A lot of the blame for COVID-19’s “second wave” has been pointed at people not following safety guidelines put out by health experts and government officials. A new report however, says don’t blame people, blame the weather. Researchers from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus find hot weather and wind have a bigger…

Without social distancing, face masks alone aren’t enough to stop COVID-19

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Dec 23, 2020 … WASHINGTON — For months, health officials have said the best way to beat the coronavirus pandemic is to wear a face covering. Unfortunately, masks alone won’t stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a new study just released by the American Institute of Physics. A team of researchers tested the viral-droplet stopping efficiency of five distinct…

Social distancing six feet apart is based on ‘outdated science,’ scientists say

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Aug 28, 2020 … Researchers say that social distancing guidelines should differ depending on where you are and what you (and those around you) are doing. Review shows eight of ten studies find that respiratory droplets can travel beyond six feet. One concludes that a sneeze can send aerosols as far as 26-feet inside a room. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Six…

Money matters: U.S. social distancing rates strongly influenced by income

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Jul 30, 2020 … DAVIS, Calif. — Before the coronavirus arrived on American soil, residents of wealthier U.S. communities generally spent lots of time out of the house; taking trips, going out on weekends, etc. Conversely, poorer Americans typically stayed home more often. Now, however, a new study on social distancing shows those roles have reversed. Financially secure Americans who…

People who scoff at social distancing embrace idea — once they understand exponential growth

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Jun 29, 2020 … COLOGNE, Germany — A significant and vocal portion of Americans have resisted COVID-19 containment measures at every turn. From wearing a mask to maintaining a safe distance from other people, this contingent believes following such recommendations is unnecessary and oppressive. Policy makers and health officials are trying their best to convince the general public these practices are…

Study: 6 Feet Social Distancing Guidelines Insufficient — Coronavirus Can Travel 18 Feet In 5 Seconds!

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May 20, 2020 … WASHINGTON — All over the country Americans are being told to stay safe by maintaining a six foot distance from one another in public settings. Unsettlingly, a new study finds that those suggestions may be very insufficient. There is still a lot we don’t understand about the airborne transmission of the coronavirus, but researchers have found…

Many Americans Lonelier Than Ever Before As Coronavirus Social Distancing Wears On

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Apr 20, 2020 … PHOENIX — Any high-stress situation can take a toll on one’s mental health, and the coronavirus pandemic presents us with some unique hardships that many of us have never faced before. While Americans remain under quarantine, it’s natural to wonder how social distancing is affecting mental health collectively across the country. A new survey of…

Coronavirus Waves May Require Social Distancing Policies Until 2022, Harvard Researchers Warn

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Apr 20, 2020 … BOSTON — Many Americans appear to be at odds on when to open up the economy, but if one thing is for sure, we all want the coronavirus pandemic to be over. It has disrupted our days, cost many of us jobs, and taken the lives of thousands of our friends, family, and neighbors. So, how long…

Strict Social Distancing Policies During Coronavirus Outbreak Worth It In Long Run, Economists Say

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Apr 18, 2020 … Lead author: “Our benefit-cost analysis shows that the extensive social distancing measures being adopted in the U.S. likely do not constitute an overreaction.” LARAMIE, Wyo. — The aggressive social distancing policies implemented around the United States have caused millions to lose their jobs and brought many sectors of the national economy to a screeching halt.…

Social distancing: How feeling obligated to help family, friends can harm relationships

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Mar 24, 2020 … In some scenarios, a sense of obligation is the “glue that holds relationships together,” but for other people it has the opposite effect. EAST LANSING, Mich. — Everyone’s world has suddenly become a whole lot smaller. As literally hundreds of millions of people all over the world are being asked to stay indoors and practice social…

Loneliness and social isolation can raise the risk older women die of a ‘broken heart’

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Feb 02, 2022 … SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Many lonely older women die, literally, of a broken heart while in social isolation, a new study reveals. The findings are particularly troubling when considering the social distancing measures the world is using to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. A team from the University of California-San Diego found an increase in heart…