TikTok is the new Mecca for viral videos and influencers. To stay ahead of the curve, the next generation of creators are coming up with different types of content for #coronavirus on the app. A quick search will show you a lot of TikToks mostly accompanied by what is now dubbed as the official TikTok song for the outbreak, “It’s Corona Time” by Red Knight. Some are uplifting. Some are funny. But there are those that toe the line of dark humor. How are we coping with and processing the unprecedented global disruption brought by COVID-19? We look at some TikToks to find out.
Testing the limits of the human immune system a la Fear Factor is one of the oddest coping mechanisms we have seen so far. Whether it’s a way to dismiss the gravity of the health crisis or just for the LOLs, we have to remember that not everyone can afford the costs of getting infected with the virus. These videos get a no from us.
Another trend we’re not feeling the hype for is coughing in enclosed, public spaces. Flu season just got replaced with the allergy season. However, some are faking coughs for fear-mongering clout. It’s not that funny considering how insensitivity is also indicative of privilege. The disadvantaged not only lack access to proper healthcare in the midst of COVID-19–they are also subjected to racial resentment and social class distancing. Case in point: a guy showing us the extreme measures he took upon receiving a letter from Japan.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) is now on TikTok. The WHO isn’t the only one who let those informational videos out. Some are more text-heavy but others are simpler. An example is this illustration of how soap fights off bacteria from Agu Tortu.