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Ephemeral: (Adj.) Fleeting or short-lived.
Example: The mayfly lives a truly ephemeral life compared to humans, since it is hatched, matures, mates, and dies within a few hours.

Tip of the Month

According to Wikipedia, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested favoring the term "physical distancing" as opposed to "social distancing," in keeping with the fact that it is a physical distance which prevents transmission; people can remain socially connected via technology."

The term physical distancing is preferred usage in Montgomery County Public Schools. To practice physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about two arms' length) from other people who are not from your household, especially in indoor spaces, including grocery stores, offices, and social gatherings.

We can practice physical distancing and maintain social interactions by wearing a mask in public and using technology to remain socially connected.


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