When a person who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the disease. To avoid that, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises maintaining at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Some of us, however, don't get it and aren't following these guidelines.

To teach them how it's done, Bored Panda has compiled a list of photos that show animals "practicing" social distancing in the face of the pandemic. From pigeons and seagulls to cats and moose, if everyone behaved like these critters, we would flatten the curve way quicker!

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Social Distancing

Social Distancing

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Ripley
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1 year ago

Perfect cat holder!

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Intrestingly, some animals, for example, chimpanzees and honeybees, do take measures to prevent the spread of disease. The two species can be really ruthless when it comes to ousting the sick.

Bacterial diseases that strike honeybee colonies, like American foulbrood, are particularly threatening to them, liquifying honeybee larvae from the inside. "That's where the name comes from, that brown gooey mess. It smells very, very foul," Alison McAfee, a postdoctoral fellow with North Carolina State University's Entomology and Plant Pathology department, told National Geographic.

#2

Cats Get It

Cats Get It

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varwenea
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1 year ago

They do this even before social distancing became a norm.

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Infected larvae emit telltale chemicals that older bees are able to smell, like oleic acid and β-ocimene, a bee pheromone, according to McAfee's research. Immediately after identifying them, the bees will physically toss these diseased members from the hive, she said.

#3

CAT-Cial Distancing In Japan

CAT-Cial Distancing In Japan

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varwenea
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1 year ago

They just seem to know. Don't even need markers on the ground.

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In 1966, as she was studying chimpanzees in Tanzania, Jane Goodall observed a chimp named McGregor who had contracted polio, caused by a highly contagious virus.

His fellow chimps attacked him, casting McGregor out of the troop. Partially paralyzed, McGregor even approached a few chimps grooming in a tree. He reached out a hand in greeting, but the others quickly moved away.

#4

Meanhwhile In Poland

Meanhwhile In Poland

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Nash Nopper
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1 year ago

hilarious!

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"For a full two minutes old [McGregor] sat motionless, staring after them," Goodall noted in her 1971 book In the Shadow of Man.

Goodall mentioned other instances of ostracized, polio-ridden chimps during her research as well, though highlighted that in some cases, infected individuals were eventually welcomed back into the group.

#5

Social Distancing By A Cat

Social Distancing By A Cat

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Nailed it.

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Chimpanzees are visual creatures. They're like humans in this regard. According to some research, the initial stigma toward polio-infected individuals may be caused by fear and disgust of their disfigurement—which is a form of avoiding catching the disease that causes such deformations.

So as you can see, social distancing is not a new concept in the natural world!

#6

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

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BingeFest1
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1 year ago

They look they are guarding something

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#7

This Dog From Local News Is Practicing Social Distancing

This Dog From Local News Is Practicing Social Distancing

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varwenea
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1 year ago

This dog is saving a space for its owner.

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#8

Even Dogs Respect And Understand Social Distancing

Even Dogs Respect And Understand Social Distancing

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Just Carmen
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1 year ago

So cool to see everyone just hanging out super chill. Awesome!

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#9

Even Cats Get It

Even Cats Get It

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Just Carmen
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1 year ago

This just cracks me up!

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#10

Peacokcks Know How To

Peacokcks Know How To

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Gale Vester
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1 year ago

If they were to suddenly fan out their tail feathers... then what?! Hopefully, they would turn 90 degrees left or right!

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#11

Dogs Keeping Social Distance In Zagreb

Dogs Keeping Social Distance In Zagreb

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Bonnie Osborne
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1 year ago

such good boys

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#12

This Aussie Heard About Social Distancing, Cat Didn't

This Aussie Heard About Social Distancing, Cat Didn't

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Gale Vester
Community Member
1 year ago

This Aussie is probably just felinophobic! Well, cats _do_ have hidden pointy bits!

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#13

Even The Moose Are Practicing Social Distancing

Even The Moose Are Practicing Social Distancing

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Vivi Da Poo
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1 year ago

Cats spread the words!

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#14

My Friends Cats Have This Social Distancing Malarkey Figured Out

My Friends Cats Have This Social Distancing Malarkey Figured Out

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Eylie Evensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Is your friend Sasquatch jr?!

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#15

Social Ducktancing

Social Ducktancing

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Ninja Kitty
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1 year ago

if they are looking out at a pond, are they watching humans in the lake?!?!?

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#16

Social Distancing Is The Key

Social Distancing Is The Key

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Vivi Da Poo
Community Member
1 year ago

They look chill

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#17

Doing Our Part To Keep Apart

Doing Our Part To Keep Apart

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Theherplover
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1 year ago

Demonstration dogs, demo dogs, demodogs, (dog=gorgon) demogorgon... LOOKOUT

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#18

These Dogs In Dumaguete Know What Social Distancing Means

These Dogs In Dumaguete Know What Social Distancing Means

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TUBLOVER3
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1 year ago

Then why don't people?

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#19

Romeo And Mewliet

Romeo And Mewliet

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rai mei
Community Member
1 year ago

their forms are adorable!

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#20

Cats Practicing Social Distancing (Karachi, Pakistan)

Cats Practicing Social Distancing (Karachi, Pakistan)

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Ryan Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

that's a lot of cats

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#21

It's Heartwarming To See Everyone Taking Social Distancing Seriously

It's Heartwarming To See Everyone Taking Social Distancing Seriously

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TUBLOVER3
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost, barely, not ...

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#22

Social Distancing With My Frenemy Tilly

Social Distancing With My Frenemy Tilly

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Nea
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty corner

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#23

Clever Cats

Clever Cats

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La Petite Morte
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1 year ago

Bastard cats?

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#24

Social Distancing In Wynyard. Bin Chickens Show Backpackers How It's Done

Social Distancing In Wynyard. Bin Chickens Show Backpackers How It's Done

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

The Bin Chickens have more intelligence than the Backpackers!

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#25

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

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Gale Vester
Community Member
1 year ago

‘Aw, unfair! We need to “shop for groceries” just like people do!’

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