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Six Feet Apart

(Photo by Emily Ferrara)

6 feet apart for safety. While wearing masks. The mannequins in this 2014 shop display in Paris, are standing a bit too close together to meet COVID--19 guidelines. But the visual impression communicates how it feels to be required (or advised) to be masked and kept so proscriptively physically separate in our social discourse.

Although the 6-foot distance seems arbitrary, a friend observed, "While I stand in the grocery line within the 6 ft tape sections I think how ironic the public formula for distance ended up at 6 ft and when we speak of the buried we often say “6 ft under.”  

Six feet under for the dead, Six feet apart for the living at risk of death. 


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