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Watch how effective social distancing is, using ping pong balls and mouse traps

The ad also uses mouse traps to show how quickly things can spread when in close contact.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health released a new Public Service Announcement on YouTube Thursday to illustrate how important social distancing is to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The ad, titled "Flatten The Curve," starts out showing what looks like hundreds of mouse traps loaded with ping pong balls, all practically on top of each other. Then a single ping pong is dropped into the mass, causing a chain reaction that sends ping pong balls flying across the room. 

After that, we see a new set up with the same mouse traps, this time spread out (albeit not six feet apart). Another ping pong ball is dropped into the mix, but this time just bounces through, without setting off a trap. 

It ends with a simple message: 

"Stop the spread. Social distancing works. A little space makes us all safer together."

The video even caught the attention of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who tweeted: "This is such a memorable, effective bit of imagery."


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