Pandemic Politics: Timing State-Level Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19 (Duke University Press)

Duke University Press: Pandemic Politics: Timing State-Level Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19 . “The most important predictor of when states adopted social distancing policies is political: All else equal, states led by Republican governors were slower to implement such policies during a critical window of early COVID-19 response.”

The Next Web: How to enjoy movies, games and more with friends online while social distancing

The Next Web: How to enjoy movies, games and more with friends online while social distancing. “…while it’s still not wise to go to movies, concerts, or game nights with friends, there are still ways you can enjoy movies, music, and games with them. Here are some of the ways to enjoy these activities with friends online while maintaining a safe distance.”

CNN: Two Florida teachers turned their students’ desks into little Jeeps to make social distancing less scary

CNN: Two Florida teachers turned their students’ desks into little Jeeps to make social distancing less scary. “Teachers across the United States are preparing to welcome students back to the classroom. But as coronavirus cases rise, many worry that young children’s excitement will quickly turn into fear. That’s why two first grade teachers in DeLand, Florida, decided to transform their students’ desks into little Jeeps.”

The Manual: Hot Tub Boats Are the Next Phase in Social-Distance-Friendly Escapes

The Manual: Hot Tub Boats Are the Next Phase in Social-Distance-Friendly Escapes. “Virtual events are helping most of us stay sane amid this pandemic. But, Zoom happy hours, travel videos, and online museum tours will never replace in-person get-togethers. If you’re itching for real-world socializing that feels almost normal, Seattle’s hot tub boats are an intimate, social-distance-friendly escape unlike any other.”

Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19? (The BMJ)

The BMJ: Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?. “Physical distancing is an important part of measures to control covid-19, but exactly how far away and for how long contact is safe in different contexts is unclear. Rules that stipulate a single specific physical distance (1 or 2 metres) between individuals to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing covid-19, are based on an outdated, dichotomous notion of respiratory droplet size. This overlooks the physics of respiratory emissions, where droplets of all sizes are trapped and moved by the exhaled moist and hot turbulent gas cloud that keeps them concentrated as it carries them over metres in a few seconds.12 After the cloud slows sufficiently, ventilation, specific patterns of airflow, and type of activity become important. Viral load of the emitter, duration of exposure, and susceptibility of an individual to infection are also important.”

Phys .org: The music app that helps school children play in socially distanced orchestras

Phys .org: The music app that helps school children play in socially distanced orchestras. “A team of musicians, composers, technologists and performers at the University of Sussex have developed an app called Syncphonia, which helps students to play music in socially distanced ensembles. Pupils can follow scores on iPads, meaning that they never need to lose their place—something which can be a source of frustration and loss of confidence for children learning to play music.”

BBC: Fawlty Towers John Cleese backs Torbay social distancing plea

BBC: Fawlty Towers John Cleese backs Torbay social distancing plea. “Fawlty Towers legend John Cleese has joined in a call for social distancing in the seaside town where the comedy series was set. Cleese tweeted: ‘Going forward if I see you too close to one another I shall lay down in-between. Social distance!’ The tweet by Cleese who played hapless hotelier Basil Fawlty in the TV comedy, added ‘2 metres = 1 Basil Fawlty’.”

Seven Days Vermont: Revamped Vermont Guidance for Schools Could Allow Three Feet of Distancing Instead of Six

Seven Days Vermont: Revamped Vermont Guidance for Schools Could Allow Three Feet of Distancing Instead of Six. “At a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Scott told Vermonters that he’d sign an executive order declaring September 8 the first day of class for schools around the state. ”

CNN: Coronavirus means many school bus riders could be left with no seat

CNN: Coronavirus means many school bus riders could be left with no seat. “As arguments rage about whether it is safe to have children back in classrooms amid coronavirus, there is another major hurdle — how to get them there. More than 25 million students typically use buses to get to and from school, but with social distancing needs, there will just not be enough space.”

Coronavirus: Signs tell shoppers ‘stay seven Chihuahuas apart’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Signs tell shoppers ‘stay seven Chihuahuas apart’ . “Stern signs instructing people to queue two metres apart have become part of life since lockdown. But graphic designer Keith Williams and friend Katrina Collins wanted to lighten the mood and create a talking point. So they settled on making messages that describe two metres in quirky ways, such as ‘7 Chihuahuas’ and ’50 chips’.”

Mashable: The Mets-Yankees game was filled with cardboard cutouts and some Very Good Pups

Mashable: The Mets-Yankees game was filled with cardboard cutouts and some Very Good Pups. “It was Saturday night at the Mets’ Citi Field stadium in New York City, and the crowd was hushed. It wasn’t a particularly tense moment in the Mets-versus-Yankees scrimmage that had the heads dotting the stands holding their collective breath, but rather the fact that the cardboard cutouts that have replaced real attendees in the age of the coronavirus have no breath to hold. Oh yeah, and then there were the dogs.”

NYC Bar, Restaurant Owners Say It’s Unfair To Make Them Enforce Social Distancing, Mask Wearing: ‘I Got Into The Business Of Hospitality’ (WLNY)

WLNY: NYC Bar, Restaurant Owners Say It’s Unfair To Make Them Enforce Social Distancing, Mask Wearing: ‘I Got Into The Business Of Hospitality’. “Friday marked the first full day of new regulations for bars and restaurants in New York. They must now require customers to social distance, wear masks and purchase food with alcohol, but some of those new rules were quickly broken in Astoria, CBS2’s Cory James reports.”

Washington Post: Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up

Washington Post: Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up. “In the hours before his rally in Tulsa, President Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of ‘Do Not Sit Here, Please!’ stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers, according to video and photos obtained by The Washington Post and a person familiar with the event.”

TimeOut: This new Instagram account is calling out the Miami businesses violating social-distancing guidelines

TimeOut: This new Instagram account is calling out the Miami businesses violating social-distancing guidelines. “The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise in Miami-Dade and some locals are fed up by the negligent behavior causing them to climb. One, in particular, is the person behind the new Instagram account @Covid_305, who, according to their bio, is ‘exposing business not following coronavirus guidelines here in Miami.’ The anonymous account launched on Friday, June 19, and has already chronicled dozens of violations at restaurants, rooftop bars and event spaces across the county.”