There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to COVID-19, also known as the Wuhan virus or just coronavirus. Some people think it’s nothing more than a new strand of seasonal flu while others don’t dare to leave their homes without a respirator and are already stacking up on toilet paper and non-perishables. Of course, the media isn’t helping at all, with all sorts of fearmongering articles being published left and right.
Tired of all this commotion, illustrator Wei Man Kow created an easy-to-read comic summarizing what she learned about coronaviruses in general and also added some safety precautions. “I found that many informative articles about the topic were difficult to digest, so I tried to simplify the comic as much as possible so that they would be understandable even for children,” says the artist. She even made the comic available as an infographic that you can download and print as a poster. With the help of many others, the artist translated the comic into multiple languages and you can help as a translator too by emailing Wei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
Jimmy Fallon is at it again. For a recent At Homeedition of The Tonight Show, he asked his viewersto rewrite movie titles so they would follow quarantine regulations. Immediately, people answered the call. From Good Will Hunting for Toilet Paperto Do Little, they have been transforming some of the most successful pictures into social distancing goals and often even the tiniest edits made well-known films sound like totally different productions. Continue scrolling to check out the funniest replies to Fallon’s challenge and upvote your faves!
Jimmy Fallon is at it again. For a recent At Homeedition of The Tonight Show, he asked his viewers to rewrite movie titles so they would follow quarantine regulations. Immediately, people answered the call. From Good Will Hunting for Toilet Paper to Do Little, they have been transforming some of the most successful pictures into social distancing goals and often even the tiniest edits made well-known films sound like totally different productions. Continue scrolling to check out the funniest replies to Fallon’s challenge and upvote your faves!
This story is another example proving that the coronavirus is becoming a cultural phenomenon.
The famous, supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has already released Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World, a book about the unprecedented global pandemic sweeping the planet that is supposed to “uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes, and speculate on the profundity of its consequences, all in a manner that will have you sweating profusely and gasping for breath.”
Written with his customary brio and love analogies (Quentin Tarantino and H.G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx in these pages), Žižek provided a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.
The author also will receive no royalties from this publication. OR Books will pay all royalties to Doctors Without Borders.
“COVID-19 came out of the blue and left me unable to do the thing which I’ve always done for the last 30 years – perform,” Martyn Jacques, the founder of the band, wrote. “The thing which has kept me alive materially, occupied my time and kept me sane. For me the act of singing to an audience has been my emotional and artistic release. COVID-19 stopped all that and for the last 3 weeks I’ve felt like a goldfish in a bowl. My only way of staying relatively sane has been to sing songs about the madness of this. Here’s the album we’ve recorded, me isolating in my studio in Berlin, my band member Adrian isolating in his studio in Athens.”
Now whether you like these releases or not is a different question. The fact of the matter is that the coronavirus has been reshaping our understanding of the world so hard, it’ll definitely leave a print in history.
Rokas is a writer at Bored Panda with a BA in Communication. After working for a sculptor, he fell in love with visual storytelling and enjoys covering everything from TV shows (any Sopranos fans out there?) to photography. Throughout his years in Bored Panda, over 235 million people have read the posts he’s written, which is probably more than he could count to.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise but toilet paper isn’t the only thing that’s scarce these days – face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) is in dire need too. Naturally, this led to some people getting creative and coming up with all sorts of ways of protecting themselves. And let’s just say that not all attempts were entirely successful.
People are using anything at their disposal – from pads to medieval armor – to protect themselves and it seems like there’s no limit to their creativity. Check out all the unique ways people are protecting themselves from the coronavirus in the gallery below!
#1 Quarantine Fun With Mom! Only Masks Available On-Line
Of course, laughing during a stressful time like this can seem a bit strange. Or even hard to do. But we shouldn’t be afraid of laughing during a crisis. It’s for the best because it helps reduce stress and anxiety.
“Huddling around the radio, so to speak, and listening to the news reports just tends to amplify the scariness of what’s going on,” director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Humor Research Lab Dr. Peter McGraw pointed out.
“And a bit of comedy—whether it be through your Instagram feed, through a Netflix comedy special, or calling up your friend who’s pretty good at making jokes in the face of tragedy—is not only a good way to distract yourself from what’s going on, but it’s also a good way to delight yourself,” McGraw said.
He explained that most of us are feeling a lot of uncertainty in our futures because of Covid-19. “One of the challenges that people are having is that the government is asking them to ‘socially distance’ themselves and that can make life a little bit difficult because one of the great ways to cope with fear and uncertainty is to lean on people that you care about and to communicate with others and to have a strong social support network.”
Since going outside and socializing is now out of the question, we’re mostly left with online streaming services, YouTube, and social media to get our fix of humor. However, McGraw warns us that spending too much time on social media right now might be a mistake because “your social media feed is a mess” due to the coronavirus. That’s why he suggests watching professional comedy specials, funny movies, and reading hilarious books.
“I would say turn your phone off, tune in and take a little bit of a break. You certainly deserve it.”