Too soon? Not exactly, right? We're not taking the disease and its death count lightly, but humour is still a coping mechanism the last time we checked. I mean it's crazy with what has been happening—the apocalyptic stockpiling, Singaporeans getting attacked overseas among many other racism-fueled cases, and German chancellor Angela Merkel snubbed at a handshake.
Still, nothing beats Iranian deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi looking a little less than healthy during his appearance on TV to assure citizens on the outbreak situation, only to be tested positive for Coronavirus the next day. That's just wild.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 25, 2020
— Rizwee®️ (@rizwee) March 4, 2020
Yeah we gotta protect ourselves, but this…this is overkill 😂🤣🤣💀#CoronavirusOutbreak
Good morning ☕ pic.twitter.com/4G605MIbxO
— #HelpPapaRethabile (@Ramos_Junyor) March 5, 2020
— World of Engineering (@engineers_feed) March 4, 2020
The Internet is also never short on good suggestions.
— Infamous Jimy G! (@infamousjimyg) February 28, 2020
My recommendation for a handshake alternative in these trying times. pic.twitter.com/VeyuBTdsGM
— Ruli Harahap (@ruliharahap) March 3, 2020
While the Coronavirus is around, I suggest we temporarily abandon handshakes and go back to the traditional bowing and curtsying upon meeting others. #etiquette #VirusEtiquette pic.twitter.com/YWLpTeUoDH
— The Royal Butler (@TheRoyalButler) March 3, 2020
No special treatment even if you're German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Coronavirus is changing the way the world says “hello"—even when you're Angela Merkel pic.twitter.com/tzOR1NLhpB
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 4, 2020
While over in Italy, other matters take priority.
I took some time to educate myself on COVID-19's spread in the EU last night, and I now I keep thinking of this gif of an Italian man being upset over the pasta shelves being empty 🍝 pic.twitter.com/fTbfKC45gO
— Chloe Condon 🎀 (@ChloeCondon) February 26, 2020
Started the day following coronavirus development near Milan, spent the rest of it translating Italian memes, most of them dissing pasta shapes unworthy of panic-buying.
— Rory Gleeson (@RoryRua) February 26, 2020
Italians are hoarding pasta because of the corona virus but would rather starve than eat smooth penne omgggg 😭😭 https://t.co/Pxoc2oTuTJ
— Nathania (@PilosopoTanya) February 25, 2020
It's not to say we don't have our own version here.
But when all else fails, just remember; DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE.