It was a matter of time until someone created a physical object to assist with "social distancing," the practice of keeping nearby people away to avoid transmitting COVID-19:
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The CDC writes that the recommended distance to be maintained is 6 feet (2 meters), so this guy's solution doesn't quite fit the bill, but I guess you do what you can.
Also, just for fun: If you had to design something for social distancing--say, as a non-serious first-year ID class assignment--what would you come up with? Issues to consider:
- How to put it on and take it off
- How to get in and out of doorways
- How to store it
- How to clean it
- Inclement weather
For navigating around objects or through doorways, I think you'd have to go with something that could collapse and deploy as needed. And for weight/fatigue concerns, maybe something inflatable, or with inflatable components connected by hinges?
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As I was working an a product line update yesterday, my 12 year old son looked over from his make shift "home school" station. "What do you think about giving each student a 6' stick so we could wack away anyone too close. Do you think they could let us back in school then?" Both my sons proceeded to abandon their school work and began fending off approaching COVID-19 infected zombie-like classmates with imaginary weapons, filling my studio with laughter and tumbling computer equipment.
Trusty Bamboo pole for those emergency moments of isolation. https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/an-indian-naga-tribe-member-climbs-a-bamboo-pole-greased-news-photo/627335588
he clearly borrowed the idea from this episode of The Regular Show - when Pops buys Trouser Tables or TANTS:)