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20 Photos That Will Define the Era of Social Distancing

While eerie and disconcerting, these photos do show that we're all going through the same thing right now.

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The new normal

Chances are you've been glued to the news lately, or at least checking it a few times a day. If that's the case, you're being inundated with words, reports, and statistics, which can be terrifying and downright exhausting. Well, it's like the old saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some photos from all around the world that really encapsulate the strange, isolating time we're all living through. For something more uplifting, these stories of neighbors helping one another right now will encourage you to do the same.

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Beaches closed

On March 31, 2020, caution tape blocks off this closed Hollywood, Florida beach. This visitor from Minnesota has set up her beach chair on the beach's walkway, just outside the tape. Needless to say, this is not one of the things to do if a world crisis forces you to cancel a trip.

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Lone jogger

The usually bustling National Mall in front of the Washington Monument is deserted except for a single jogger on the morning of March 31.

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Elbow bump

This photo was taken after the White House's daily coronavirus briefing on March 30. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, exchanges an "elbow bump" with Jim Acosta of CNN. What started as a somewhat facetious way to avoid shaking hands evolved into a legitimate safety-conscious greeting. The prevalence of shaking hands is one of the everyday habits that could change after coronavirus.

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Support from Spain

In Madrid, Spain, a man confined to his home applauds for healthcare workers as the colors of the Spanish flag hang from his and nearby balconies. If you're tired of being stuck inside, here are some great things to do when your whole life gets canceled.

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Eiffel Tower

Paris' Eiffel Tower, the icon of France, displays the words "AT HOME" for the more than two million Parisians. Throughout this period of distancing, the lights of the tower have shown this message as well as one thanking essential workers.

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Awaiting tests

A member of the National Guard maintains social distance as he informs people when to expect results of their COVID-19 tests. The testing center where this photo was taken, at Lehman College in the Bronx, can test as many as 500 people a day. Read the story from someone who has coronavirus—and knows exactly who gave it to him.

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Serene station

New York's Grand Central Station, a place that usually epitomizes bustle and business, is nearly deserted on March 22. Ease the quarantine wanderlust with these virtual day trips to can take online.

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Solitude in Singapore

Another normally bustling place is downright ghostly in this April 1 photo of the Central Business District in Singapore, deserted except for a single man with a mask. Here's what "N95" actually stands for in those N95 masks.

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Distance yoga

On March 26, a Long Island resident measures seven feet between yoga mats as her neighbor, a yoga instructor, prepares to hold an outdoor yoga class. The gyms where she teaches have all closed and she's making an effort to continue to work while keeping people safe. How close is too close when it comes to personal space?

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