Study finds animals use social distance to avoid disease

Eye-spotted lobsters living in the West Atlantic, or Caribbean hedgehogs, often share cave crevices: one day a strange lobster lives in, and the compounds in its urine smell a little abnormal, and when the lobster is infected with the Eye Spot Lobster One virus, they produce these compounds. Healthy lobsters escaped the cave in horror, away from the deadly virus.

Lobsters respond to disease this year – that’s the social distance. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, people cut off close ties with friends and family.

Study finds animals use social distance to avoid disease

Although humans may find this measure unnatural, social distance is an important part of nature, with lobsters, monkeys, fish, insects and birds all keeping their heads away from their sick counterparts. This phenomenon is common and contributes to the survival of social animals.

Community life makes it easier for animals to catch prey and avoid predators, but it also makes it easier to spread infectious diseases.

During an outbreak, animals that maintain a social distance are more likely to survive, increasing their chances of producing offspring. And these descendants will also take social distance measures in the event of an outbreak. Wild animals have no vaccine, they use their way of life to prevent disease.