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Should you call out others for not participating in social distancing?
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As states slowly start to reopen certain businesses (despite warnings from health experts), some are taking it as a cue to break social distancing guidelines. In some areas, parks and sidewalks are crowded once more, and in others, the idea of covering one's face to prevent the passing of the virus never took off in the first place. Some citizens are taking it upon themselves to call others out when they witness large gatherings or behavior not in accordance with social distancing orders. Others say the idea of "shaming" others never works to change behavior. What do you think?

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For some, seeing other people gather in groups is cause for panic. The United States has been under social distancing guidelines since March, and still, some people refuse to comply. As a result, others take it upon themselves to report behavior that might put others at risk. The New York Times's Dionne Searcey and Reid J. Epstein share one story of a Michigan doctor, David Murdock, who was called out for breaking social distancing guidelines while participating in a protest against those same guidelines, as well as stay-at-home orders. 

After his actions were reported by a former neighbor, Kevin Rusch, and many others, the hospital where Murdock works suspended him for a week

Mr. Rusch shared Dr. Murdock’s photo on Facebook with an admonition about the doctor who boldly attended a rally amid a pandemic: Go to his hospital “at your own risk.”
Commenters piled on, and dozens of them contacted Dr. Murdock’s hospital. Mr. Rusch did, too. By the next afternoon, Dr. Murdock, 68, who has been practicing medicine in central and northern Wisconsin for 33 years, had been suspended for a week.

As Searcey and Epstein put it: 

Dr. Murdock became one of the most public casualties of a growing crowd of social distancing vigilantes, Americans frustrated by fellow citizens violating government orders to wear masks, close nonessential businesses and refrain from gathering in groups.
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But some experts warn against calling out and/or shaming others. Aside from friends and family, no one is fully aware of anyone else's circumstances, and neighbors should be careful before jumping to conclusions too quickly. Vice's Manisha Krishnan refers to clinical psychologist Taslim Alani-Verjee on the subject. According to Alani-Verjee, the snitching phenomenon comes from a desire for control over the pandemic and control over perceived threats:

“Something that happens when people feel as though they have no control over a situation is they assign blame,” she said. “It makes them feel like the world is predictable.”
She said people also want “justice” when they see people engaging in activities that they aren’t.
According to Alani-Verjee, snitching and shaming aren’t effective ways of changing other people’s behavior and can even cause resistance.

Krishan concludes with an essential point: 

There’s also concern about racialized people and homeless people being unfairly targeted by snitching and law enforcement.
Michael Bryant, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, said the group has received more than 100 complaints related to bylaw officers and cops not exercising discretion surrounding COVID-19 rules.

The point: no one can fully know another's circumstances, and it is best to refrain from putting them in danger by jumping to conclusions.

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Should you call out others for not participating in social distancing?
#CallThemOut
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#ShamingDoesntWork
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