While most of us, normal people, practice social distancing and do everything we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, others, try to gain a few moments of fame in dangerous, irresponsible, but mostly dumb ways.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, we’re sad to introduce you to the latest social media craze – the ‘coronavirus challenge’. The challenge asks social media influencers to upload videos of themselves licking random objects on the street, in defiance of all the pandemic’s limitations.
The irresponsible influencers are filmed licking supermarket shelves, toilet seats, vehicle doors, bicycle handles, and basically any unsanitary object they can get their tounges on.
One of these reckless people, a Twitter user (that was since suspended from the platform), who goes by @gayshawnmendes, had recently filmed himself wholeheartedly licking the toilet seat in a public restroom. The man later uploaded another picture and updated his followers that he’s been hospitalized for showing symptoms of coronavirus. After the story went viral, Good Morning Britain’s host Morgan Piers, who’s known for his extrovert personality, replied to the event saying “Karma is a strange thing,”
WTF!! Really!! Licking toilets now!! pic.twitter.com/C2iaRHxHHa
— Gabe Slaybaugh (@GabrielSlaybau1) March 23, 2020
The challenge, which started on the social media platform TikTok, since spread to Instagram and Twitter, with the challenge’s hashtag – #coronavirus_challenge, racking up more than one billion(!) views on TikTok alone.
In response to the disturbing new trend, a TikTok spokesperson tried to reassure people’s concerns when he said: “The safety and well-being of our users is a top priority at TikTok. As we make clear in our Community Guidelines, we do not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury”.
“The content in question is a violation of our guidelines, and we will remove any such reported content”.
Nikki Kanani NHS England’s Medical Director of Primary Care told The Metro UK in an interview regarding the phenomenon: “It is highly irresponsible for people to put their own health and the health of those around them on the line for no other reason than a pointless internet ‘challenge’. Our NHS staff are working round the clock to prepare to treat those who need it during the peak of the pandemic – the last thing they need is internet trends unnecessarily putting people in hospital”.
We seriously hope people will put an end to this reckless behavior so we can put this pandemic behind us and return to our normal lives with the least amount of casualties.
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