Tricky questions about post-pandemic disability etiquette
Andrew Purlang has raised some interesting issues for the post-pandemic world. How will you be approaching social distancing as we emerge from lockdown?
What’s the proper etiquette when you encounter someone who seems determined to be “in your face” about their disdain for pandemic precaution?
How should you react to someone wearing a face mask when you aren’t wearing one yourself?
As we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not only have to adopt some new routines, but also adjust some of our thinking and even our systems of etiquette. People with disabilities, in particular, are anxiously wondering right now how our ongoing need to protect ourselves will be viewed by others. Will we be given the practical and social space to cope with this new threat to our health and lives? Or, will we be increasingly made to feel like outliers and outsiders, maybe targets of derision? As usual, all of this is complicated by politics. Already people’s everyday responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have become politicized.