There is a reason Trump is popular to an extent. He speaks in incredibly simple (if often incomprehensible) sentences.You would think either term would be adequate. But that supposition is based on the belief that people are capable of a certain level of 'reading comprehension'. In fact, being able to convert 'social distancing' to what it actually means in this case which is 'physical distancing' is a 'Level 2' reading level.
"Even Level 2 texts require readers to, among other things, “compare and contrast or reason about information from various parts of a document.”
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Given that 32% of Canadians who did not complete high school only have a 'Level 1' reading level, you can perhaps understand why some people cannot make the connection. You have to spell it out in words of 2 syllables or less to be sure you are reaching the greatest number of people.