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What ants can teach us about fighting off pandemics

The little buggers are surprisingly good at containment.


July 24, 2020

Humans are the most advanced species in the world, yada yada. But we just got absolutely owned by some ants.

Like us, ants face rough odds in limiting the spread of disease. Some colonies are as crowded as NYC. Yet ant epidemics are rare.

Why? 

The little buggers are surprisingly good at containment, scientists found. The findings suggest social behavior doesn’t necessarily doom species exposed to pandemics.

Some of the ants’ antics sound familiar:

Others… not so much:

Probably not something the CDC would recommend.

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