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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.


Thanks Dr. Brenda Joy! This piece is informative without being alarming. I enjoyed the shift from 6 feet to 72 inches. Looking forward to reading the next one!

Still loving it ! People are engaged immediately because of the smooth music. Even if they tune out the message because of familiarity, the music will get into their conciousness and shift focus back to the message.

Thank you for you fantastic feedback, Victoria. While some may enjoy hearing the musical version of ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, others my prefer reading about it. Genuine thanks for taking time to share your comment.

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