As more and more people quarantine themselves amid coronavirus fears and public health officials recommend social distancing, a man in Italy was spotted wearing a giant cardboard circle around his waist to keep people away.
In a video shared on social media, the man can be seen strolling along the streets of the country – which is now under lockdown – wearing a huge orange disc around his waist to enforce social distancing.
According to The Independent, the video was filmed in Rome. When asked by the person behind the camera why he was wearing the disc, the man responds: “For coronavirus”.
— L'Antikulturale (@Antikulturale) March 11, 2020
“How will he enter the door?” wondered one Twitter user. “Wonderful step,” said another.
Italy has been struck by the worst European outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to WHO, social distancing involves maintaining a distance of 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. “When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease,” the UN agency explained on its website.