Even though the terms physical and social distancing are often used interchangeably, looking into the history of the terms
can contextualize their usage in the current day. (MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin senior staff)
When we have a graduation party over Zoom or text a friend to complain about online exams, are we really “socially” distancing?
Well, not in the literal sense.
When Frank Ocean sang, “You don’t know how little you matter until you’re all alone/ In the middle of Arkansas,” I felt that.
OK, I’m not actually all that alone – I’m just in quarantine – and I’m not actually in Arkansas, I’m back in my hometown in southern California.
Face-masked and strapped with sanitizer, I couldn’t find fresh tomatoes and basil on the lonely shelves of my nearest grocery store.
Then, I remembered that I had a few tomato seeds waiting to be planted at home.
Time and time again we are reminded that you can’t believe everything you see on the internet – even if it involves seemingly real footage of drunken elephants sleeping in a garden during a pandemic.
Tanning at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, hanging with friends on Janss Steps or attending a gymnastics meet in Pauley Pavilion – the springtime activities that we’re used to at UCLA are now replaced by logging on to a Zoom meeting in your pajamas.
When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, it’s safe to say a life-threatening pandemic wasn’t part of most people’s 2020 plans.
Since the onset of the outbreak, the current news cycle has been consumed by coronavirus coverage, and each breaking update seems to bring worse updates than the day before.
It really, really sucks. There isn’t any other way to put it.
UCLA officials announced Friday that spring quarter classes would be conducted entirely online in response to widespread cases of the novel coronavirus.
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