Distancing .. Physical, not Social (please)

We’ve all heard the term ‘Social Distancing‘ (link to the CDC). An excerpt:

While it may be disappointing to hear that so many sports events, cruises, festivals and other gatherings are being cancelled, there is a public health reason for these measures.

These cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.

They do. Think of crowded bars, cozy restaurants, queues at checkout lines .. if space is not managed properly we will continue to spread this damn thing at a terrifying pace. Right now, management falls to us, as individuals and families, and we must rise to this occasion.

Happily, today’s hyper-connected world enables to distance ourselves physically .. but not socially. Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor, WhatsApp, Skype, Tumblr, Instagram and others ensure we can stay connected. We must make use of these tools to interact: working, catching up, checking on loved ones.

As time goes by, we will find ourselves looking for those tasty dish snaps as we get more creative when cooking at home.

Even the phone plays a big part .. call someone.

In many ways, and with lots of evidence of  Singing in Italy, Cook-a-Longs in Spain and evolving stories in The States: the mandated distance will bring us closer together .. online and from afar.

Let’s make that happen.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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