All-natural method for encouraging social distancing using a trained animal. Sssssssssocial distancing!
During the times of the COVID-plague, it has been recommended that people maintain “social distancing”—keeping apart by approximately six feet.
Unfortunately, this advice is difficult to follow in many situations, for example, on public transit, in an elevator, etc.
This snake-based “sssssssssocial distancing” plan involves training a territorial species of snake to wrap itself around a person and then give a bit of a nibble to anyone who comes within six feet of it (Figure 2).
It might end up being uncomfortable to have the snake coiled around its host / owner, so one improvement could be carrying the snake in a backpack or some kind of modified wrestling championship belt.
This system would also help discourage “close talkers” who do not respect a person’s need for personal space.
PROS: May reduce the spread of plague, creates valuable jobs for snakes.
CONS: You will probably get a different snake-borne plague instead.
Special Economic Note:
If there is high enough coverage of this system, costs may be reduced by requiring only three feet of snake coverage per person, and relying on the two independently-carried snakes to provide the total six-foot distance.
Thus, it is important to encourage widespread adoption of this system in order to make it more economical on a per-unit basis.