Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought chaos into the world as the number of confirmed deaths exceeds half a million mark. Over 13 million people have also tested positive for the virus globally, prompting Twitter users to share their outlooks about the situation on their favorite platform.
Interestingly, while the larger part of the world remains optimistic amid the global pandemic, users on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms lean towards the cynical side of things. According to trending twitter hashtags on the spread of the virus, there has been an overflow of memes and jokes about the unexpected quirks of playing, living and working in self-isolation.
According to the threads under the hashtag #QuarantineandChill, hundreds of people seem to propose that after weeks of being locked indoors with spouses, there could be a wave of new births by the end of the year. This hashtag is a direct spin-off of the famous phrase “Netflix and Chill”, a euphemism used by many millennials to mean “hooking up”.
Lightheartedness amid The Chaos
As twitter grows cynical over the spread of the virus, the more introverted users are also posting frequently and getting creative with their own hashtags. They’ve also been using the #QuarantineandChill hashtag to let the world know how happy they are to have a solid excuse to work from home finally.
At the same time, some users have taken things towards the darker side. For instance, the #Coronapocalypse hashtag is currently used to share information on the concerning and drastic measures that some people are taking in preparation for isolation. That includes strange toilet paper alternatives, panic-buying and incredible stocks of cleaning supplies and canned food.
Naturally, the international shortages of hand sanitizers and toiletries have also given rise to a wave of new jokes and punchlines. Twitter has also become more cynical and anxious, after a spate of economic crises, closed businesses and cancelled events.
Social Media Takes a Turn
With the burgeoning death toll from the virus and the impacts of different shortages, there’s a unique way in how people are approaching the subject. As the crisis continues soaring, twitter users have become more restless than ever, and more internet trends and hashtags have risen in tandem.
From the latest hashtags related to the issue, it’s clear that there’s a growing sense of cynicism about the future after the virus is gone. Over the last few weeks, thousands of people have shared ingenious strategies aimed at surviving past the pandemic, spreading under the popular hashtag #MyPandemicSurvivalPlan.
For those living under constant stress during this trying time, their survival at this point all depends on holding onto their sanity. To most people, twitter is a roadmap to the evolution of public views on the virus and the future that lies ahead. As such, even the light-hearted users are now seen sinking into the growing social media overtones of existential dread. However, memes and jokes are still popping up for those who like to focus on the brighter side of things.