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How to Take a Walk in the Era of Social Distancing

A Step-by-Step Guide, by Sean Carroll

 

According to orders now in effect, all individuals are instructed to ‘stay at home’ to advance the prevention and suppression of the novel coronavirus – ‘COVID-19’.

“Individuals may leave their residence only to perform a limited number of allowable individual activities, to include, among others:

“Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.”

Excerpted from ‘ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR INDIVIDUALS TO STAY AT HOME’, March 6, 2020

Step 1. Decide to go outside.

 

Step 1. Decide to go outside.

 

2. Choose appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

2. Choose appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

3. Walk in a direction – alternate, as possible.

 

3. Walk in a direction – alternate, as possible.

 

4. Make up stories about your neighbors.

 

4. Make up stories about your neighbors.

 

5. Discover the wonders and tragedies of nature.

 

5. Discover the wonders and tragedies of nature.

 

6. Evaluate lingering market conditions.

  • A. Abstractly evaluate your own financial condition.
  • B. Explore possible future hobbies.

6. Evaluate lingering market conditions.

  • A. Abstractly evaluate your own financial condition.
  • B. Explore possible future hobbies.

7. Find treasures.

 

7. Find treasures.

 

8. Consider new directions.

 

8. Consider new directions.

 

9. Examine ongoing local development.

 

9. Examine ongoing local development.

 

10. Pay attention to inaccuracies as seen from the sidewalk.

 

10. Pay attention to inaccuracies as seen from the sidewalk.

 

11. Enjoy a vista point.

 

11. Enjoy a vista point.

 

12. Contemplate history, and then, current political positions.

 

12. Contemplate history, and then, current political positions.

 

13. Repeat daily, as possible.

 

13. Repeat daily, as possible.

 

Users of this guide should employ social distancing techniques as outlined by local public health regulations and carry and use a face mask as appropriate and permissible.

The creator of this guide is not a public health or medical professional, and no instruction is endorsed by any public office, or official, and should not be construed as medical advice.

Users who may be sick should stay home and seek medical attention.

 

Created by Sean Carroll, March-May 2020.

Supported by the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University.

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