NY Times Quotes Expert Admits ‘Six-Foot Rule’ Never Had Merit

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.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Hey Sam,
    I recall Tucker talking about it last week in a segment…he said the notion started in Europe and was resurrected by Oxford University (where else ugh); so, basically 100-year old non-scientific science.

    This from Business Insider.com:

    In the late 1800s, the German scientist Carl Flügge had a hunch: Maybe if you maintain enough physical distance between people who are sick and those who are well, you can prevent the spread of pathogens from person to person.

    At the time, it was just a hypothesis, one that scientists like him often tried to test out using glass plates.

    But it would take another four decades for technology to advance enough to confirm the idea, with the advent of high-speed photography.

    In the early 1940s, scientists finally got their first glimpses of people’s sneezes hurtling through the air in real time, at a capture rate of 30,000 frames a second, confirming that indeed, most of the stuff we throw into the air when we sneeze, cough, or yell tends to settle down to the ground within about a wingspan or so (say, 3 to 6 feet).

  2. They can never walk this back. The deep dive into all of the protocols, policies, and decision-making for trace contact, workers compensation determinations, etc., far outweigh the possibility they will ever admit they were wrong on this.

  3. Waiting for the next letter from all the government “scientists” whining about being left alone to pursue the truth. The truth is they are utterly incompetent and we ha e been suffering the results for the past year.

  4. Anyone that puts faith in science as opposed to faith in faith will always be misguided and let down. Faith over Fear always works…don’t get me wrong science is pretty cool, but a faith in science is an oxymoron

  5. Next they will be telling us that masks don’t work! I recall reading a research piece last summer (wish I could link it) saying there was no science behind 6 feet and that 3 was equally effective. Common sense really. That and wash your hands.

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