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.

Miss Cris
Community Member
2 months ago

It's us who are becoming as cats. They have allways reason.

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Big Blue Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

Come to Finland, we do this all the time, not just because of the virus. It seems to be in our genes. Or maybe we all are cats?

Mummi
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2 months ago

I was just about to say how they make me think of Finnish people! =)

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Musashi
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would a cat want to sit down with a strange cat? Now *that* would be weird. "This is mine. Get your own **** bench."

Anom Bintoro
Community Member
2 months ago

Glitch in the matrix

Sheri Lattimer
Community Member
2 months ago

This is just proof of them not wanting to share :)

Theherplover
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a park service, the cats always go and sit there so anyone who sits on a bench will get a cat to pet!

Hafida
Community Member
2 months ago

I want those park services in my town please

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Just a regular witches' meeting held at the park every weekend.

Vanessa Sorensen
Community Member
2 months ago

But you are not allowed to sit!

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
2 months ago

Antisocial!

M Rampal
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2 months ago

Good. would like to use in a video being produced to promote social distanigng.Hope meets your approval. thankks. mkrampal@yahoo.com

Jerry Rhodes
Community Member
2 months ago

Oftentimes cats can be smarter than people.

AutumntheLeaf/RainWing
Community Member
2 months ago

Is this Photoshopped?

Rudolph Furtado
Community Member
2 months ago

In the absence of humans due to "CORONAVIRUS WORLD WAR -3" these benches are reserved for CATS.

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Are they Swedish?😳

Elsie Collins
Community Member
2 months ago

BEING TERRITORIAL COMES IN HANDY AT TIMES LIKE THIS!!! WE COUD LEARN A LOT FROM CATS!!

Slune
Community Member
2 months ago

See no cats, see pillows

Rã. R. Field
Community Member
2 months ago

All black cats, the highest in protecting from what is known as the ‘evil eye’... dangerous entities... perhaps this block of places requires extra protection for REAL 😳

Kaye Okimoto
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! I'm so impressed!

OTTER
Community Member
2 months ago

1/3 of a sundial How unique

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
2 months ago

I love all those black cats

Naomi Cline
Community Member
2 months ago

I ❤️ cats

Sam Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

One of the cats looks like just a fluffy black pillow.

Logan Charles
Community Member
2 months ago

ha that is funny even animals dont want to get sick

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

What beautiful kitties! Little napping panthers.

katboxjanitor
Community Member
2 months ago

Felines typically have their own social boundaries, just for other reasons.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
2 months ago

yip we rule

Nancy Kmet
Community Member
2 months ago

For Real

Skye Nilsson
Community Member
2 months ago

#2...:)

Michael Krog
Community Member
2 months ago

I bet cats are surprised that humans just started following their way of life(social distancing)

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
2 months ago

it is strange that they are all black cats and they all know social distancing

Stan Brooks
Community Member
2 months ago

I have cohabited with two black cats, a male and a female. I have always hoped for them to be friends. This photo in half is what I get. Still beautiful and enigmatic friends though.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
2 months ago

Cats are very intelligent creatures. Humans should pay attention.

Mimi M
Community Member
2 months ago

Wish BP would list the locations of pics.

David Wong
Community Member
2 months ago

Four cats or one cat?

Pamela E Brueckner
Community Member
2 months ago

Heaven forbid. If they share the same space...only cats

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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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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