WASHINGTON

With the U.S. struggling to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus, one county in Florida state is taking a novel approach. 

“Please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times,” Leon County said on Twitter last Thursday with an accompanying visual showing two people separated by a domineering reptile.

State and government leaders are issuing stay-at-home orders and telling citizens to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus that has infected nearly 1.3 million worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines social distancing

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