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Minding Your Manners During A Pandemic

US Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) greet each other with an elbow bump before the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine COVID-19 and Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School in Washington, DC.
US Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) greet each other with an elbow bump before the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine COVID-19 and Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School in Washington, DC.

Daily life as we know it has changed in almost every way because of the pandemic —most of all, social norms. But while it’s clear we can’t give each other handshakes, hugs, or high-fives anymore, the new rules on social etiquette are still being defined. It’s led to heart-wrenching stories of families deciding to live separately and heated debates about whether runners should wear masks.

Although it may seem like an easy win for non-huggers, it might not be easy to tell someone they’re getting too close without seeming rude. How do we stay safe without being cruel? Or if you’re on the receiving end, have you been yelled at by strangers for not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing?

We talk about pandemic etiquette and take your questions.

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