Dramatic PSA Using Ping Pong Balls and Mousetraps to Explain the Importance of Social Distancing Just Went Viral and We See Why
Tensions are high with the fear associated with the global pandemic.
People are asking why others are ignoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s guidance and the numbers associated with the spread of the viral pathogen.
But not everyone can translate the numbers, charts and graphs into something tangible. Humans are a diverse species and people learn and translate information differently.
So the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) shared something that would reach the most people. An estimated 65% of people are characterized as visual learners who can process and retain lessons conveyed in video information, even if the concept is abstract far easier than audio or written specifics.
ODH's method of teaching about the importance of social distancing employed ping pong balls and mouse traps.
Social distancing works. We are all #InThisTogetherOhio. https://t.co/jU4ZAkm3Py https://t.co/uKJtfi4cuP— Ohio Dept of Health (@Ohio Dept of Health)1586440800.0
The visuals are simple.
But the message is clear.
@OHdeptofhealth @VictorishB123 Great ad. I love how innovative, creative & brave Ohio has been in confronting this virus!— Aria (@Aria)1586482652.0
@OHdeptofhealth Perfect analogy! If only enough people cared enough to do the right thing.— The Henry Manor Event Center (@The Henry Manor Event Center)1586443114.0
@OHdeptofhealth @FCEMHS Keep up the good work! Keep flattening the curve, Ohio!!— Bob Nunnally (@Bob Nunnally)1586446629.0
Some noted that the failure to practice good health habits would increase the rates of infection and duration of the pandemic...
@RueNahcMohr @OHdeptofhealth https://t.co/s5Afh1XdNa— Bornach (@Bornach)1586468935.0
...to which some arm chair experts were willing to chime in and demonstrate why health measures fail.
@OHdeptofhealth Thank you for my daily dose of propaganda #InThisTogetherOhio— Don’t Be a 🐑 (@Don’t Be a 🐑)1586440893.0
@TheHenryManor "leaning forward"... thanks for the talking points @DrAmyActon . None of this was necessary in Ohio… https://t.co/AxRC5ls6jy— Rusty Shackleford (@Rusty Shackleford)1586465129.0
@Freedom1796YA @TheHenryManor @DrAmyActon Well, it's great that Ohio is completely separated from the rest of the c… https://t.co/48FltUCK0g— Iseult Sidhe (@Iseult Sidhe)1586478554.0
@IseultSidhe1 @TheHenryManor @DrAmyActon 90% of the country has no issue at all, quarantine the hot spot cities and… https://t.co/eLDkFUol8a— Rusty Shackleford (@Rusty Shackleford)1586478923.0
@OHdeptofhealth We will not stay locked in our houses much longer!— Dannielle (@Dannielle)1586450857.0
@dag825 @OHdeptofhealth So don’t. Go lick a toilet seat and post it to TikTok. #apoxonyou— KrispyKritter (@KrispyKritter)1586475358.0
Despite the claims of these Twitter health experts, the CDC reports Ohio is considered a hotspot for the virus.
The global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization on January 30, 2020. At the time, there were only five confirmed cases in the United States.
The White House and some Republican congressional leaders downplayed the threat and urged people to live life as they normally would. Some GOP leaders—like Representative Devin Nunes—were still telling the public to go to bars and restaurants in mid March.
As of the time of this writing on Friday, April 10, total confirmed cases of the virus in the United States sits at 490,008. Total deaths are 18,011. By Monday, the infected will most definitely surpass half a million and deaths will eclipse 20,000.
States that took aggressive measures early are showing a flattened curve. States that took the wait and see approach continue to shoot upward exponentially.
Stay at home orders and social distancing only works when people adhere to the guidance and listen to the experts instead of conspiracy theorists and those ignorant of science and medicine.
In a pandemic, ignorance kills.