Keeping a Safe Distance in Victorian London

The mid-19th century moral panic over garroting gangs (urban street muggers) reached its absurdist conclusion in this Punch Magazine cartoon, suggesting the invention of a reinforced hoop skirt frame to keep garroters at a safe distance.

Sadly, while scholars agree that the garroting panic was largely driven by newspaper sales, the threat of COVID-19 is all too real. Here’s a handy guide from the BBC on the daily practicalities of keeping safe distance:

Coronavirus: How far is 2m?

To help fight the spread of coronavirus, the UK government says whenever you leave the house, you should keep 2m apart from

Posted by BBC News on Friday, March 27, 2020

And here’s a short video on self-care during trying times and staying socially connected while physically apart:

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