Updated March 24, 2020 - 1:44 pm
When Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote “King Lear.”
With much of the world quarantined because of the coronavirus, most of us are content to just create memes.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of those memes are quite good — like the one about Shakespeare, the plague and “King Lear.” A lengthy Sunday piece by The Guardian, whose reporters know a thing or two about the Bard, failed to corroborate that little nugget. But who among us couldn’t use a little inspiration right now?
Even if we’re just inspired to waste time, like with some of these quarantine memes that put a new spin on the word “viral”:
Singing “Happy Birthday” twice to mark the recommended 20 seconds you should spend washing your hands got old, fast. Other recommendations started pouring in, but thanks to washyourlyrics.com, which generates custom posters based on the lyrics of pretty much any tune, your song choices are endless.
Celebrities as hand sanitizers
Spend enough time searching for hand sanitizer — or, if you’re lucky enough to have found some, using hand sanitizer — and everything starts to kinda, sorta look like the most in-demand product aside from toilet paper. Find an image of a hand sanitizer and, odds are, your favorite celebrity has been photographed wearing the same color scheme. Stars ranging from Post Malone to Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez to Timothee Chalamet have been “honored” this way. But perhaps the greatest example is this Twitter thread dedicated to Chris Evans.
chris evans as sanitizers, a thread 👩🏻🔬🧪🦠
— ash⎜today! (@buttsandevans) March 13, 2020
Working from home
Whether it’s expectations versus reality, maintaining your daily routines or the unexpected challenges of telecommuting, social media has plenty of jokes.
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"Before you know it, it’ll be 2pm and you can’t remember if you brushed your teeth." I.E. What to wear while #workingfromhome to not go crazy, and other things our founder learned from six years of freelancing, which might prove useful amid new #Coronavirus-induced policies. ————————————————————————#workfromhome #covid_19 #loungewear #freelancing #writing #fashion #ootd #focus #enclothedcognition
Experts recommend keeping your daily rituals even while working from home. pic.twitter.com/ktHuEaXMLT
— Tomáš Bella (@kvasinka) March 16, 2020
To everyone now working from home, let me introduce you to conference call bingo. pic.twitter.com/tBTsxKeYv8
— Runa Sandvik (@runasand) March 11, 2020
Those musicians in Italy
Italy was the subject of one of the earliest lockdowns, which inspired singers and musicians to perform from their balconies for their neighbors. That, in turn, led to numerous attempts to replicate the same heartwarming effect, none better than this one from Patton Oswalt:
Watching the videos from Italy 🇮🇹 inspired me. Entertainers must offer hope & humor to their neighbors in this time of quarantine. pic.twitter.com/ohrsBtuqzu
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 16, 2020
Show us your pets
This may be the best public service of them all, as people are just posting photos — some random, some posed — of their pets while they work from home.
Day:7 of quarantine
My Dog is taking over the sticks pic.twitter.com/NYqDpTvHGa
— Hector 🐼 (@TooTurntHector) March 23, 2020