People are flooding TikTok with memes and dark humour, as well as the precautions they're taking, to fight the coronavirus outbreak — here are the best posts we've seen

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  • Coronavirus has now resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and been reported in more than 118,000 people around the world as of Tuesday.
  • As daily life is interrupted by the spread of COVID-19, teens have taken to TikTok to create coronavirus-related content.
  • People are flooding TikTok with memes and dark humour, as well as the precautions they’re taking – whether they’re effective or not – to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
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TikTok, like other social platforms, has been flooded with videos about COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, which has now resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and 118,000 cases in China and around the world.

With more than 1.5 billion downloads worldwide, TikTok has become an integral part of the social-sharing atmosphere where people turn for information and entertainment on a daily basis. Some have taken to TikTok to set the record straight on coronavirus. The World Health Organisation, for example, recently created a TikTok account in order to share information about the outbreak amid the deluge of news and fear that have flooded the internet.

Still, the majority of coronavirus content on the platform is from teens sharing their own reactions and commentary on the outbreak. Users have created TikTok videos showing how life has changed on college campuses, cracking dark jokes about the disease, and poking fun at the precautions many are taking in the face of coronavirus.

Here are some of the best videos that have been made on TikTok in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak:


A creator made this video showing his outlandish response — which includes using grill tongs and heavy-duty rubber gloves — to receiving a letter in the mail from Japan, where nearly 500 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

@nerfsniprWhen you get mail from Japan but the Coronavirus is going on##corona##coronavirus##japan##mail##comedy##fun##foryou##followme##whatthissays##lol##fyp

loriginal sound – nerfsnipr

Source: Al Jazeera


A Tesla owner made a video showing how he could use his Tesla Model X’s “bioweapon defence mode” — designed to filter out air pollution and viruses — to protect himself from coronavirus. It’s unclear how effective this would be, not to mention how few Tesla owners there are.

@marketing_guyHow to use your ##tesla for ##goodagainst the ##coronavirus! Beresponsible & think of others first! ##dog##car##petlover##teslamodelx##fy##fyp##electric

lIts Corona time – playboierik21


Some TikTok users have employed the similarity of the coronavirus name to that of the beer Corona for a laugh. This user created a scene featuring Corona beers that mimics hostage situations often seen in action movies.

@oscarmanskyCORONAVIRUS MUST BE STOPPED ##coronavirus##corona##suspense##drama##foryou##fyp##movie##diyproject

lSuspense – Dreamtime


Other videos drew on past memes and trends that have taken over TikTok, like those made in droves earlier this year in reaction to talks of World War III.

@cadenxrodriguezWe cant get a break? ##corona##AsGoodAsTheOG##toonme##fyp##foru##foryou##foryoupage##isweartogodiwilllikethisvideo##dontletthisflop##like##follow##fy

loriginal sound – sarahbeaaaa

Source: Insider


Many teens on TikTok poked fun at the overreactions and outlandish precautions some are taking in an effort to fight coronavirus.

@mikemillermmSee you in Italy ##quarantine##covid19##coronavirus##fyp##cv

lvibe for this year – josephiv_


A pair of teens acted out what summer could like with the threat of coronavirus still looming over many.

@thezoefortunaSummer 2020 is gonna be LIT % vid with @paulbutcher ##Coronavirus##corona##coronaviruschallenge##summer2020##coronatime##itscoronatime

lIts Corona time – playboierik21


A unicycling TikTok user, known for performing wild stunts, took his act to the streets of Portland, Oregon, to show what steps he was taking to fight the outbreak.

@theunipiperDeep Cleaning Day in Portland. ##fyp ##foryou ##oregoncheck##portlandcheck##xyzabc ##keepportlandweird##pdx ##l##funny ##coronavirus##covid19 ##quarantine

loriginal sound – theunipiper


Other TikTok videos reflected the dark humour that many teens have come to adopt, especially in the face of catastrophe.

@thejosh.jRona Season* ##corona##healthyrecipe##fyp

loriginal sound – thehodgmeister


In the face of coronavirus, TikTok teens are seemingly unperturbed by the mayhem.

@mavlaruewe j chillin

loriginal sound – thehodgmeister


College students in New York have had classes cancelled, but that doesn’t mean they’re avoiding large group gatherings — especially with unseasonably warm weather in the city.

@codycryingwe rly said * ##PlayWithLife##makeuphacks##nyc##college##newyork##coronavirus##coronatime

loriginal sound – codycrying


Many college students outside of New York have also had classes cancelled, and some have been directed to take classes online. The situation made for a well-placed throwback to the jingle from an Education Connection commercial that aired in the early 2010s.

@clubpenguin33##fyp##foryou##educationconnection##normalpeople

loriginal sound – stinkyrattictok


Colleges have also ended study abroad trips and ordered their students to return to the US. One creator used a popular TikTok sound to illustrate one of the awkward unintended consequences from a shortened study abroad experience.

@natalie.sienna##studyabroad##shecandoit##normalpeople##AfterMyCoffee##UltraSmoothMoves##foryou##foryoupage

loriginal sound – joefloww_


The TikTok community of witches — aka WitchTok — have been encouraging each other to cast spells for healing and protection in the face of coronavirus.

@missvulgar##duet with @yoxsyd I’m goingto allow this candle to burn all the day down (it will be moved frommy altar depending on where I go lol) ##witchtok

loriginal sound – moonlight_witchdom


In Vietnam, a catchy song was created to share prevention measures. It didn’t take long for the song to be used in a viral dance challenge on TikTok.

@thekiffnessDont touch your face. Wash your hands. When you greet yourfriend, do the namaste ##coronavirus##coronaviruschallenge##tiktoksouthafrica

loriginal sound – thekiffness

Source: ABC Australia


A creator from South Africa, David Scott, told Business Insider that TikTok asked him to make a video based on a song about coronavirus. Instead, Scott created his own song and dance, as seen in this video.

@thekiffnessDont touch your face. Wash your hands. When you greet yourfriend, do the namaste ##coronavirus##coronaviruschallenge##tiktoksouthafrica

loriginal sound – thekiffness

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