In the mass hysteria that the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it, people are going to pretty extreme lengths to protect themselves.

But now, one man may have beaten them all when it comes to these totally bizarre methods... By donning a giant disc to prevent anyone from getting too close to him.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see some of the weird, and slightly worrying, efforts people have gone to in order to protect themselves...

We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 4,638 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 126,620 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, 1,016 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and thirty-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...

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As they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

Declaring an emergency will enable the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...

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And will allow nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

And it seems that there is a reason for people to really start panicking.

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The BBC reported yesterday on the 11th of March that the coronavirus has been officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.

People all around the world have descended into mass hysteria.

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It's a dire situation.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

Though some people are going to more extreme lengths than others...

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And have been taking matters into their own hands to protect themselves from the virus.

And, while most are simply opting for face masks...

Other people, mainly travelers and commuters, have been opting for some rather ridiculous methods of protection.

It seems that some people would rather suffocate than catch the virus...

Back in January, an entire family was captured, standing patiently in a check-in queue, while all wearing giant plastic bags that covered their heads and torsos.

And, shortly after that...

A different family were seen walking through Hong Kong airport with plastic bottles wedged around their necks. Logic.

And some passengers didn't even feel safe on the airplane...

A Twitter user on a flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island, Australia, filmed two (clearly nervous) passengers sitting in their seats donning face masks, latex gloves, and full body bags. 

But now, one man may have topped all of these...

And it doesn't involve the risk of suffocation.

A commuter in Italy, which is one of the worst affected countries, has gone viral for his tactic at avoiding the virus.

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It's a giant disc. 

Literally - A giant disc.

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In the clip, which was filmed on Instagram Stories but shared to Twitter, shows an unidentified gentleman strolling the streets of Rome while wearing his 1 meter wide disc.

He is asked why he is using such a contraption...

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To which he replies: "For coronavirus!", with Daniel laughing and replying, "Wonderful. I can't cope!"

However ridiculous the disc may look...

It might actually work! And it called for some great puns... But I implore for all of you - Please don't start wearing giant discs. And if you really want to, at least take it in turns. The coronavirus pandemic is developing, and we will be posting updates regularly.