practice encouraged by people to help mitigate spread of coronavirus, involving staying at home as much as possible and avoiding crowds.

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Social Distancing is a practice encouraged to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus involving staying indoors and avoiding crowded areas such as bars, restaurants, concerts, sporting events, etc. The practice was widely encouraged on social media and caused people to self-isolate, which in turn led to humorous posts and video representations of people dealing with being stuck indoors.


On March 5th, 2020, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the CDC recommended "social distancing" as a strategy for mitigating the spread of the virus.[1][4] The strategy involves encouraging workers to work from home if possible, banning large gatherings of people, and ultimately attempting to maintain a 6-10 foot physical distance from others wherever possible. A drastic iteration of the strategy was implemented by China in late January of 2020,[2] who put entire cities in quarantine. It proved effective in slowing the rate of new cases of the illness.[3]


Western news publications began writing articles about social distancing and its effectiveness shortly after the CDC's recommendation, with pieces appearing in USA Today,[5] The New York Times,[6] The Atlantic,[7] and others. Major cities and states soon implemented drastic measures related to enforcing social distancing as well. For example, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut placed restrictive measures on restaurants and banned gatherings of more than 50 people.[8]

Day X of Quarantine

As people began practicing social distancing, internet users began making jokes and humorous videos about their time in isolation, often with the snowclone, "Day X of Quarantine." For example, Twitter user @loveofhuns[9] posted an image of show called Loose Women discussing how an earthworm would wear a bra, gaining over 1,000 likes (shown below, left). Twitter user @Michael1979[10] joked that he'd immediately broken quarantine to get a Twix, gaining over 140,000 retweets and 970,000 likes (shown below, right).

Love of huns @loveofhuns U OK HUN Day 1 of #selfisolating x How would an earthworm wear a bra? Lgose WOMEN Sir Michael @Michael1979 QUARANTINE DIARY Day 1:I have stocked up on enough non-perishable food and supplies to last me for months, maybe years, so that I can remain in isolation for as long as it takes to see out this pandemic Day 1+ 45 minutes: I am in the supermarket because I wanted a Twix 4:53 PM · Mar 12, 2020 · Twitter Web App

Others posted videos illustrating the humorous cabin fever they'd been going through due to the outbreak. For example, Twitter user @MorphineDreamzzz posted a blind pillow fight, gaining over 930 retweets and 4,800 likes (shown below, top). User @keddie44 posted a clip from Jelle's Marble Runs, gaining over 17,000 retweets and 49,000 likes (shown below, bottom).

Various Examples

LakeShowYo @LakeShowYo Day 2 without basketball: I took an extra step back from the toilet just so I can see someone pull up from 3 Meredith @meralee727 Quarantine Day 2: Spending the day alternating between Instacart and looking for men to spend the apocalypse with on Tinder. My opening line? "I have hand sanitizer." 1:46 PM · Mar 14, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone sloane @skipper Day 1 of Self-quarantine: Man, time really flies when you take two naps a day. Zoë Ligon @thongria Day 2 of quarantine and even the Earth Balance is arousing hata nce Mamba Mentality @EyelessSilas Day 3 without sports: Bet on the weather LEKIL Beat your local meteorologist. Make money. Sign Up Learn More BET ON THE WEATHER $1337.69 8 9:56 AM · Mar 14, 2020 · Twitter for Android II Rex Chapman @RexChapman Me rn social distancing. Hang tough, everybody...

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Mistress Fortune
Mistress Fortune

This is one of those situations where introverts like me (I'm way more talkative with a keyboard than I am with my own voice) are basically like "pfft, makes no difference to us." Like even if I find Reddit "gamer memes" a bit stupid, the one about how "to gamers quarantine just means doing more of the same" is pretty true. I'm in the middle of a Yakuza game marathon and soon I've got stuff like Animal Crossing, RE3, and FF7 over just the next month alone (for Doom Eternal I'm waiting on the Switch port), as far as I'm concerned I'm comfy.


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