Coronaviral: the best memes, tweets and cartoons to get you through – open thread

Quarantines. Cancelled shows. Endless, endless hand-washing instructions. It hasn’t been the best of times. But we’ll always have Twitter

A meme created and shared by Aditya Shah, @IDdocAdi.
A coronavirus meme by Aditya Shah, reprinted with permission. Photograph: Aditya Shah/@IDdocAdi

These stories are designed to offer practical advice, provide some entertainment, foster a sense of social cohesion, and remind people of the good in the world during these strange and isolating times.

When William Shakespeare was quarantined by the plague, according to Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro, he wrote a few things. Antony and Cleopatra. King Lear. Macbeth. Sure. Good for him!

Some of us are now also in quarantine, and we, too, are doing our best work: sitting in our tracksuit pants, munching on toast and grasping with unfounded desperation for good memes that will age terribly.

Please enjoy, and add your own in the comments.

Chris (Simpsons artist) (@getbentsaggy)

remember to wash your hands xox

March 4, 2020


Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi)

“How’s nationwide self-quarantine going?”

March 14, 2020


Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan)

Stay safe friends x

March 16, 2020


Sir Michael (@Michael1979)


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

March 12, 2020


Aditya Shah (@IDdocAdi)

"CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19"#stewardmeme

February 27, 2020


Alex Doenau (@Batrock)

MGMT have advice for times of crisis:

?Control yourself
?Take only what you need from it
?A family of trees wanted to be haunted

March 17, 2020


katherine morayati (@morayati)

me, partying with all my swords at the swords festival
me, social distancing alone with my swords

March 14, 2020



self quarantine at my bosses house so far so good

March 15, 2020



Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin)

oh nowwww everyone wanna know what introverts do for fun

March 13, 2020


Tommy Siegel (@TommySiegel)

a guide to paper-free hand dryers

September 20, 2018


Julie Klausner (@julieklausner)

Not now, Neil

March 14, 2020


Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs)

Wash your hands to scatman

March 10, 2020


Sara Jefry (@SaraJefry)

Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on your couch. You can do this. #QuarantineLife

March 15, 2020

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