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Have a great Memorial Day weekend, six feet apart from one another

Health experts plead with people to maintain social distancing as country slowly begins to reopen during coronavirus pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tennessee —

In Friday’s Ransom Note: have fun this weekend but just be smart.

That's really what Shelby County's COVID-19 Task Force was saying at its daily briefing. None of us likes social distancing, especially here in the south, we like to shake hands and we're big on hugs. But we just can't do that now.

While disinfecting and sanitizing are important, we're learning those steps are secondary to keeping our distance from each other. The worst culprit? Speech droplets from people who have the coronavirus but have no symptoms.

That's why large groups are especially dangerous. Doctors say they're like a five star hotel for COVID-19. One cough, sneeze, loud talker or belly laugh from the wrong person is all it takes.

Keep the group small if you can, but if you're around strangers and in a larger group, wear a mask, stay six feet away, gather outside if you can, be aware of what you touched, and keep a container of sanitizer in your pocket. And if you're feeling sick, stay home.

Yes, this all takes getting used to, but we have to.

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