The importance of social distancing to curtail the spread of coronavirus cannot be overemphasized. Medical experts around the world have long been telling people to stay at least six feet away from the next person.
Now, to illustrate social distancing, leaders in Leon County Florida provided an interesting visual on Thursday to help residents understand the six feet more clearly so they can maintain the proper distance from others.
“This is a reminder that during COVID 19, please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times,” Leon County said in a Facebook post.
This is a reminder that during #COVID19, please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times. #SaferAtHome #PhysicalDistancing #Florida
The majority of American alligators inhabit Florida and Louisiana, with over a million alligators in each state. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side.
Worldwide, the coronavirus has infected nearly 1.2 million people and killed more than 64,000. As of Saturday evening April 4, Florida had more than 11,000 cases and at least 170 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
To slow the spread, officials are enforcing stay-at-home orders and urging citizens to practice social distancing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
This is because when someone coughs or sneezes, small drops of liquid spray from their nose or mouth. If you’re standing too close, you can breathe in the droplets, which may contain the coronavirus if the person coughing is infected, according to the World Health Organization.
Another way to visualize 6 feet is by imagining the length of a mattress.