The Economic Times
English EditionEnglish Editionहिन्दी
| E-Paper
Search
+

    EU must be joking: humour from Covid's newest hotspot

    Synopsis

    Europeans take to social media to mock ever-changing guidelines put in place after a record spike in new cases in several countries

    ETtech
    Illustration: Rahul Awasthi
    Could Covid-19 have cheat days where the virus takes a break from work and decides not to spread, maybe?

    Some of the revised lockdown guidelines across several European countries -- like pubs and restaurants to be shut by 10 pm, or social gatherings limited to six people but schools and workplaces can stay open -- left the meme lords of the internet wondering just that.

    Many took to social media to mock these ever-changing rules that have been enforced earlier this week as nations including the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland saw a record spike in new cases of the not-so-novel-anymore coronavirus.

    “From midnight - stay home, don't stay home. Don't go to work, go to work. Go to school, go to a golf club, don't stay in the pub after 10 and don't go to people’s houses. Remember covid has selected times of when and where it infects #BeSafe #BeSensible #countryisjokes,” tweeted @SARacismUK late last evening.


    The user, who sounded agitated and amused at the same time, was referring to the three-tier lockdown rules introduced in the UK this week that come with varying degrees of restrictions from medium to high to very high, depending on which area someone is based in. According to media reports, the Liverpool City Region is in a “very high” alert zone at present while London is likely to get there soon.

    A popular meme showing assorted pictures of a sad Pablo Escobar from Narcos -- a web series based on the life of the eponymous Columbian drug lord -- also resurfaced on social platforms, this time with the caption: “Covid post 10 PM”.

    This was to mock new guidelines making coronavirus feel dejected at not being able to find anyone to infect after the pubs call it a night.

    “Corona waiting until 10 pm to infect everyone #Lockdown2 #Covid_19,” tweeted @chlveh from Birmingham, with images of actor Steve Carell from The Office (US) series where he is aimlessly sitting on a swing or a bench in a park in broad daylight.


    Besides the UK, countries like Germany also implemented earlier closing times for pubs and restaurants as part of an exercise to toughen up the lockdown rules this week. Meanwhile, France declared a public health state of emergency.

    However, schools remain reopened in most places in the region, giving more fodder to meme fests. “You gotta wear a school blazer when linking up with your homies to confuse corona,” tweeted user @MrBenjaminB recently, garnering over 44,000 likes on the micro-blogging platform.


    An old GIF of Austrian football manager Ralph Hasenhüttl charging towards his players to celebrate his team scoring a goal, only to quickly beat a retreat whilst reminding everyone (especially himself) that the game is not over yet, fetched twice as many likes when user @jakeperry97 used it to express the irony of the latest lockdown guidelines.

    The user posted it on social media with the caption “Corona, when it sees a large gathering but then realises it’s for work or school so doesn’t count.” The post has got over 114,000 "hearts" on Twitter.


    As Europe braces for what experts are saying may be a tough Covid-dominated winter, more restrictions may follow and therefore more examples of internet humour could go – well, viral.

    1 Comment on this Story

    RajeshK7 days ago
    The Most Important Thing:
    https://amzn.to/353i6sl
    The Economic Times