Social Distancing Is Not New

April 02, 2020

Social distancing seems extreme, but it's not new in the history of humanity. Science communicator Brian Malow (@sciencecomedian) and Sigma Xi are teaming up to ask experts about the coronavirus outbreak.

This time, food safety professor Benjamin Chapman (@benjaminchapman) of North Carolina State University gives context about what scientists can learn from the similarities between influenza and coronaviruses, the history of quarantine, and the scientific developments that have allowed us to avoid social distancing until recently.

Find more evidence-based information about the coronavirus outbreak in the Sigma Xi COVID-19 Preparedness Kit.

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety