While the symptoms and effects of the virus on those suffering from it are no laughing matter, there have been some moments that have caused digital ‘laughter’.
For example, the top stories we found being shared on Twitter in March that mentioned Covid-19 and got ‘tears of joy’ emoji reactions are:
1. A report that the Florida Police Department were offering to test meth for coronavirus for free
2. A report that the first reported coronavirus case in South Africa was actually a hangover
3. Images of people flouting social distancing rules by going to the beach
4. Paul Pogba’s ‘Dab to beat coronavirus’ tweet
5. A report that a coronavirus conference was cancelled (due to coronavirus)
All of these stories took off fairly early in the month (between 9-18 March). But jokes around Covid-19, understandably, don’t seem to be getting the same kind of traction now.
Instad jokes about ‘quarantine’ and ‘isolation’ have taken over in terms of the volumes of laughing emojis they’re receiving – people staying healthy at home appear to be going down the ‘laugh rather than cry’ route.
If you’re thinking of making a joke, or want to make people smile, you’d be better off making it about home life than any more stressful factors.
We’ve also seen a lot of talk about ‘cancelling’ April Fools’ Day, with brands who are seen to ignore this likely getting a bit of backlash.