Social distancing memes are getting us through the coronavirus pandemic
16 March 2020, 17:27 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 12:11
All the memes to help you through a period of self-isolation.
As the realities of the coronavirus pandemic continue (there's been 175,000 confirmed cases and, sadly, over 6,500 deaths so far), people are turning to the internet for some comic relief. Between images of empty shelves at supermarkets, news of cancelled holidays and videos of people actually fighting over toilet roll, anxious people are desperately in need of a distraction. And the solution? Memes, duh.
Whilst this in no way negates the severity of the situation, you can't ignore that the internet is churning out the coronavirus memes during this frightening time. Right now, the word on everyone's lips is self-isolating and social distancing.
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According to current UK government advice, we should all be prepared to self-isolate if we display any symptoms. That means staying inside for 14 days, keeping at two metres away from other people and avoiding physical contact with the outside world to stop the virus from spreading. Even if we don't display symptoms, we should be social distancing, which means temporarily reducing socialising in public places and using public transport.
For the hermits among us, that sounds like bliss.
14 days? No contact with the outside world? Sign me up…
I’ve been #selfisolating for years, it’s called clinical depression— 🤍 𝔍𝔞𝔡𝔢 🤍 (@jadeislost) March 13, 2020
I hear people are freaking out because they are #selfisolating and don't know how they are going to deal with it. I haven't left my flat in two weeks. I'm not worried about covid-19, I just don't like people...— Arthur G. Carlyle (@Arthur_Carlyle) March 13, 2020
Self-isolation is actually a movement.
Online classes and working from home isn't so bad.
this gets better with every single second & i will never recover from it pic.twitter.com/p1QOcDU49e— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) March 16, 2020
me in quarantine showing off my dog to the lecturer during online classes pic.twitter.com/bEhPqYkEwd— sarah (@sarahonfilm) March 15, 2020
Omg did Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi pioneer the concept of social distancing pic.twitter.com/QYKnEeHRWy— Michael the Theatre Cat (@as_seenontv) March 15, 2020
The realities of quarantine are only making us more *creative.
me telling my future children about what being quarantined was like: pic.twitter.com/MxEvrKQkwT— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) March 15, 2020
THINGS YOU CAN DO IN QUARANTINE:— Cassie | Jaime grief account (@CassK9) March 15, 2020
-sweep till the floor's all clean
-mop & shine up
-sweep again and by then it's like 7:15
-read a book or maybe 2 or 3
-add a few new paintings to my gallery
-wonder when will my life begin
what's the point of a quarantine if I'm not going to be quarantined with my incredibly beautiful mortal nemesis for days on end until our sexual tension builds and we fall in love but before we have the chance to kiss the quarantine ends and we must go our separate ways— ghoulia 👻 (@julia__ghoulia) March 13, 2020
It's important noting that while self-isolating and social distancing may help the spread of COVID-19, 14 days is a long time, and it's vital to look after your mental health during this period. That may include sticking to a schedule, FaceTiming with friends, exercising indoors and throwing yourself into creative pursuits.
We've got this.