#CoronaVirusChallenge is a challenge that consists of showing what people are doing to pass the time during the quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Several users are posting humorous photos and videos on social media with the daily activities they are doing to get around boredom at this time when they are not going to school, college or work. The “Coronavirus Challenge” is being carried out especially on Twitter, but on Instagram there are also manifestations from users.
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On Twitter, the joke reached Trending Topics last Wednesday (18). On Instagram, the challenge accumulates thousands of posts and is also being accompanied by the #CoronaChallenge variation. Google Trends, a tool that tracks the most searched terms on the Internet, records searches for the challenge since the beginning of March, with greater interest among users in the United States, France and South Africa. However, it is possible to find many publications by Brazilians participating in the action on social networks.
#CoronaVirusChallenge reached Twitter’s Trending Topics – Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / dnetc
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Much of the videos published with the hashtag are of users dancing at home, alone or with their family, doing physical exercises, giving tips on series and films, studying, that is, enjoying their time at home in different ways. There are also people who encourage the use of alcohol gel and hand washing as a way of preventing the disease.
The quarantine period is now necessary to contain the evolution of COVID-19 in Brazil and in all countries affected by the pandemic. Following guidelines from different global health entities, people are being encouraged to stay at home and only leave home in cases of extreme need, even avoiding going to school and work. In this way, contact with other people decreases and, consequently, the spread of the coronavirus, which is extremely contagious and can cause death. The virus has already caused thousands of deaths in various parts of the world, including Brazil.
When searching for the challenge on Twitter, the user is faced with an alert from the social network with guidelines to find correct information about the coronavirus pandemic, with links that lead to the Ministry of Health website or to the official profile of the organ on the social network. . Just below the warning you can find posts with videos related to the hashtag.
Twitter provides links to Ministry of Health articles on coronavirus – Photo: Reproduction / Rodrigo Fernandes
Even though it is a serious matter, some users are taking advantage of the challenge to make the quarantine period lighter, posting jokes and memes about voluntary confinement. Some of them depict bored people trying to find unusual activities to combat boredom, making the video funny. Others prefer to play games with rolls of toilet paper, an item that caused controversy when stored in large quantities by some people. Some even published videos doing exercises and even embassies with the rollers.
The challenge would have taken on greater proportions after American college student Ava Louise appeared licking the seat of an airplane toilet in a video published with the hashtag on March 16 on her TikTok account. It is not known when the young woman recorded the video, or under what hygiene circumstances the scene was recorded. Even so, the image was quite repudiated on the Internet. According to the American press, her desire when recording the video was precisely to go viral, which would be cause for celebration for the young woman.
Despite all the repercussions, the Coronavirus Challenge followed a more informative and humorous path, and, apparently, there are no records of other people repeating the act of influencing.