Keep A Distance of Two Arms: Intuitive Social Distancing Advice

The experts have great tools for science, but not for real life. How do we keep a distance of 1.5 metres? It’s not easy — but ancient wisdom can tell us what to do.

Social Distancing: “Is this far enough, officer?”

Stay 1.5 metres away from others

Even worse: no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Social distancing advice is important, but poorly communicated

An Alternative Rule For Social Distancing

Arm span. License.

Ancient Units of Measurement

Old measurement systems were based on body-parts. Very similar across civilizations despite their separation. Not perfectly precise, but it works!
3 — palm. 4 — span. 5~6 — finger.

The Metric System vs. The “Body” System

An Egyptian measuring tool — one Egyptian cubit. This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Simplify your message

Math, stats, data. Influenced by the complex systems perspective. I prefer to take the critical view.

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