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The New York Times is backtracking on its original stance that staying six feet apart will help keep COVID-19 at bay. Instead, the Times is now suggesting that social distancing may not actually require that much space between individuals to be effective.
Basically, the Times and other mainstream media outlets seemed to push “safety” narratives that may not have been necessary.
“The origin of the six-foot distancing recommendation is something of a mystery,” the Times wrote on Tuesday. It then quoted a viral transmission expert from Virginia Tech University to support its, uh, point.
“It’s almost like it was pulled out of thin air,” the Times quoted Virginia Tech expert Linsey Marr as saying about the six-foot-distance suggestion.
Much of the latest Times report centered around social distancing at schools. The Washington Post ran a similar report, casting doubt that students ever actually needed to be six feet apart.
“Kids don’t need to keep six feet apart in schools,” the Post headline reads. “Three feet is just as safe.”
Yeah, well, thanks a lot for telling us now.