An Italian man has taken extreme measures to avoid contracting the coronavirus after wearing a giant disc to enforce social distancing.
On Wednesday, a video emerged of the man strolling along the streets of Rome wearing a giant cardboard disc to keep others at a distance from himself.
Speaking in Italian, one man asked: “And what would this be the security distance for?”
“For coronavirus!” the man responds, before the filmer jokes: “Wonderful. I can’t cope!”
The man was also seen entering the Testaccio market to go grocery shopping. He was able to successfully shop thanks to a claw tool typically used to pick up litter.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll has topped 1,000 as Europe becomes the new centre of the world’s pandemic.
In Italy’s Lombardy region, the virus’ hospitals were overwhelmed with both the sick and the dead.
“It’s similar to what you might think of as an infectious disease equivalent of a major earthquake that’s going to shake us for weeks and weeks,” said Dr Jeff Duchin, a top public health official for the Seattle area, which has one of the biggest United States coronavirus outbreaks