“Friendships – and indeed most relationships – are measured in the closeness of hearts, minds and soul ties… not in the distance of physical miles or even the passing of time.” -Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

In the day and era of social distancing, we keep hearing one measurement repeated over and over and over again:

Six feet.

At face value, it seems like a rather arbitrary distance. Six feet? It’s a relatively common height amongst the human population. It’s also considered part of the deep end of the swimming pool. Six feet is so ubiquitous that it’s a distance we never really thought about… at least, not until now.

So why did health officials decide that we needed to be six feet apart? Why not five feet? Or even four?

The answer comes down to the very air we breathe, cough, and sneeze… and what could be floating in it. According to Idaho State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn,

“Six feet really comes out of studies that if I cough or sneeze and don’t cover it, you’re safe out of my zone. Droplets will land before they get to you. If I’m staying six feet away from you and you suddenly sneeze and don’t cover it, I’m far enough way that I shouldn’t get contaminated.”

Obviously, we know that staying six feet from other people isn’t a 100% guarantee that you won’t get COVID-19 when you’re out in public and that there are additional important ways to protect yourself. It’s at least a start, though. But saying, “Stay six feet apart” is so boring. There has to be a better way to phrase it… right? Fret not, dear reader, for I have compiled a list of things that are six feet long to make social distancing much more interesting.

Six feet is equivalent to:

  • Roughly the height of a standard refrigerator
  • The length of a tapir
  • 5 bowling pins
  • Dueling lightsabers (Spread COVID-19 you will not)
  • The length of 1 alligator
  • The depth of a grave
  • 1 Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, or Sebastian Stan
  • The length of 4 Beagles, 2 Great Pyrenees, or 18 Chihuahuas
  • The average height of a baby giraffe
  • The average length of a hockey stick
  • The length of 1 Atlantic Sturgeon, 2 Muskellunge, 4 American Shad, 6 Largemouth Bass, or 8 Rainbow Trout

And last but certainly not least,

  • 1 Gwendoline Christie (AKA Brienne of Tarth)

Next time I’m out in public and someone gets too close to me, I’m going to ask them to step back and stay at least one Sebastian Stan away from me. If someone gets too close to you, ask them to remain two lightsabers distance away from you. It’s a lot more interesting.

Baby Yoda

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