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· Rather than shaking hands to communicate hello or goodbye, we wave or give a head-nod at a distance of at least 6 feet.
· Instead of engaging in a fist bump or high-five to indicate agreement or excitement, we give a thumbs-up gesture—leaving a minimum of 6 feet between us.
· A pat on the back to convey approval of a job well done has been replaced with an affirming smile—seen at a distant 6 feet.
· An embrace or a hug to convey comfort or support is off-limits so an understanding facial expression is a good substitute—at a distance of 72 inches.
These are instances of how former terms of engagement or codes of conduct have been appropriately changed to establish safety procedures. In reality, many of us have shifted from in-person interaction to online communication using digital technologies.
Responsible human relations involve following the current rules of engagement also known as physical-distancing guidelines, which are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives.