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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2 months 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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2 months 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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Kanga9ine
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2 months ago

Social Distance, patience, and not a single incident of panic and the hoarding of kitty litter.

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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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Valentina Lattante
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2 months ago

I love that the girl left the pigeon occupy a slot! :D

Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

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She's actually probably oblivious as to where she is as she has "smartphone spinal curvature".

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Nash Nopper
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2 months ago

hilarious!

MissyTheUniverse
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2 months ago

Just following the rules there's nothing to see here.

MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

i'm surprised all the circles are not occupied by cats :D

CzechPanda
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2 months ago

we don't have many stray cats here, I assume our insane Polish half-brothers don't either

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Elsie Collins
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2 months ago

SWEEEEET!!!

Bonnie Edwards
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2 months ago

Studies have found that pigeons are OCD and possibly superstitious. If they bob their head and then find food, they will repeat the action every time in order to get food again. Perhaps this one thinks they are magic circles?

OTTER
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2 months ago

Only ‘safe’ zone for pigeons!

Logan Charles
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2 months ago

bird thinks he'ss gonna stay aay fro people unless they feed him

Baby Antonio Alvarez
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2 months ago

That crazy

chickiethehen
Community Member
2 months ago

please remember that one meme where that pigeon saluted. I am 81% sure that this is the pigeon's relative.

Patty Leaton
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2 months ago

bird take a stand

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
2 months ago

Pigeons are so cool! Smarter than the dickens too!

JeanneMarie Watkins
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh how sweet..

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 months ago

Does anyone else rage inside their heads when they see people standing over lines and not inside actual circle or box drawn?

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
2 months ago

Considering a court's 50,000 particles travel at 50,000 mph & a sneeze's nearly 100,000 particles travel at 100,000 mph, an inch or 2 out of the circle isn't going to make a difference.

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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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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Vinu Vignesh
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2 months ago

Wow. That is tamilnadu. My part of india ..

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#9

Even Cats Get It

Even Cats Get It

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George Digamma
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2 months ago

"I need sand"

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#10

Peacokcks Know How To

Peacokcks Know How To

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varwenea
Community Member
2 months ago

I didn't recognize what they were at first glance. Very cool.

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#11

Dogs Keeping Social Distance In Zagreb

Dogs Keeping Social Distance In Zagreb

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 months ago

Cats told them to do so!

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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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Mr Red
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2 months ago

Dogs of course have only one life...

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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
Community Member
2 months 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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Patty Leaton
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2 months ago

human what are you doing with my favorite sock

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#15

Social Ducktancing

Social Ducktancing

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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
2 months 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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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

Now, JUST in case some people were curious about what the sign meant, it says, "it looks like its all around 2020!".

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#17

Doing Our Part To Keep Apart

Doing Our Part To Keep Apart

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Theherplover
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Then why don't people?

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#19

Romeo And Mewliet

Romeo And Mewliet

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deanna woods
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2 months ago

They mean Romeow and Mewliet.

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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
2 months 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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George Digamma
Community Member
2 months ago

Seagulls, the hooligans of birds.

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#22

Social Distancing With My Frenemy Tilly

Social Distancing With My Frenemy Tilly

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
2 months ago

That birman looks identical to my elderly old boy who's about 16 now. Birmans are so gorgeous.

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#23

Clever Cats

Clever Cats

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La Petite Morte
Community Member
2 months 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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Lily Bostick
Community Member
2 months ago

It seems so easy.Why don't humans understand?

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#25

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

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Gale Vester
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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