Social distancing: the not-so-new phenomenon

It's actually been around for over 430 years

Stars Insider

15/01/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Covid-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out at the beginning of 2020, the governments of many countries across the globe implemented social distancing measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak. While the adopted measures varied slightly from country to country, they were fundamentally the same. People got used to keeping two meters (or six feet) from each other in line at the supermarket, and staying home during times of lockdown.

For many of us, adapting to a socially-distanced world felt strange, unnatural even. The new normal seemed completely unprecedented. And yet history suggests that social distancing was actually introduced for the first time back in the 16th century, by a pioneering doctor in Sardinia, Italy who was unusually knowledgeable for his time.

Check out this gallery to learn about the true history of social distancing.

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