coronavirus influencers

Coronavirus Influencers Are Now A Thing, Because Of Course They Are

Desperate to go viral: Instagram influencers don face masks and hijack the coronavirus hashtag in bid to increase their followers.

Continuing to prove that we live in a hellish dystopia, not only has a deadly and highly contagious virus broken out, but in almost no time at all, influencers have begun picking up on the…trend?

With 213 deaths reported so far, and the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a public health emergency, discussion of the outbreak is a hot topic.

As such, #coronavirus has become a widely used tag on Instagram , largely filled with useful info (and memes—this is still the internet, after all). Statistics, updates, suggestions for how to help prevent catching it all show up in these tags, things you would expect, and things are directly relevant.

But we’re also starting to see Instagram influencers in the tag, posting their usual fashionable photos of themselves with one major difference—the surgical mask.

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КОРОНАВИРУС В ЯПОНИИ Я думаю, уже все знают и о китайском вирусе, и про город Ухань, который является эпицентром инфекции, и ещё многое другое от наших СМИ. Я не понимаю, почему многие думают, что я нахожусь в Китае, ведь я в Японии, в Осаке! Здесь заражённых практически нет, пару человек в Токио, как и по всему миру. Поэтому со мной всё хорошо, я ношу маску, мою руки. А про ситуацию в целом хочу сказать, что всё очень сильно преувеличено. Ни в каких посылках из Китая, ни в каких бананах вируса нет. И не может быть. Число жертв коронавируса везде разное, поэтому верьте только проверенным источникам(минздравы и их оф. медийные ресурсы + ВОЗ), а не сторисам из инстаграма. Peace and love ❤️ ✌🏼 #коронавирус #коронавирускитай #вирус #вирусвкитае #ухань #коронавирус2020 #coronavirus #coronavirusoutbreak #coronavirus2020 #theparisguru #chinavirus

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In some scenarios, these influencers might actually be doing some good.

Some users appear to be using their influence as an opportunity to actually share useful information and help their followers keep safe.

“China has isolated the city with most cases identified but numbers of them are believed to have already left the city with the virus,” wrote Jada Hai Phong Nguyen alongside a photo of her chilling with her dog and wearing a mask. “Spreading awareness in our communities to fight this outbreak is very important.”

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So sad. #coronavirus 😢😢 There are 81 death so far and it is estimated 100k people are already infected. China has isolated the city with most case identified but number of them are believed to have already left the city with the virus. Spreading awareness in our communities to fight this outbreak is very important. I want to bring this important information to you as we think alot of people are still unaware abt this issue and it's spreading very quickly everywhere around the world. Here are few things that u should do to protect yourself : 1. Wear Mask ( Use the right one ( I use Cambridge Mask N99 pro from UK and KF94 ( made in Korea). 2. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 30s. I bring handwash gel when i go out too. 3. Avoid touching ur mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hand. 4. Avoid contact with sick people. 5. Against the wildlife animal eating culture. 6. Drink plenty of water ( liquid) and vitamin. To protect other : 1. Stay home while u r sick 2. Avoid close contact with other 3. Cover your mouth n nose with tissue when u cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away in the trash and wash your hand. 4. Clean and disinfect objects and surface. Those day I just stay home with my baby @clio.lapug eventho it Lunar new year here. 😢😢😢 #prayfortheworld. . . . . . . . . #outbreak #godsaveus #jadapositive # breaking news #pray #mask #cambridgemask #n99 #protectyourself

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But many influencers are being slammed for appearing to take advantage of the popularity of the #coronavirus hashtag.

“@Healthy_mandy and I only kiss in public places with face masks,” writes one fitness influencer visiting Thailand, sharing an overtly attention-grabbing photo of him and his girlfriend kissing with masks on.

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CORONA-VIRUS | Wir beten, dass es endlich gestoppt wird 🙏 Dieses Bild hat sich tatsächlich mehrmals so abgespielt. Auf öffentlichen Plätzen küssen @healthy_mandy und ich uns nur mit Mundschutz. Wir haben keine Angst vor dem Virus, aber wir tragen dennoch, wie ca. 90% der Menschen hier in Thailand die Masken, um uns nicht anzustecken. Unseren Urlaub genießen wir trotzdem und hoffen, dass dieses Elend bald gestoppt wird! Wir bekommen täglich sehr viele Fragen zum Virus: „Kann man überhaupt noch nach Asien reisen?“ „Sollte ich meinen Urlaub absagen?“ „Haben die Menschen vor Ort Angst?“ „Wie wird hier mit der Katastrophe umgegangen?“ Diese Fragen, und viele mehr, haben wir nun in einem YouTubevideo beantwortet, welches ich euch in meiner Story verlinkt habe. Was denkt ihr über das Virus? Habt ihr Angst? Tragen die Menschen in eurer Stadt auch Mundschutz? Denkt ihr die Situation wird jetzt in den Griff bekommen oder wird sich das Virus weiter ausbreiten? Schreibt eure Meinung in die Kommentare, sie würde mich sehr interessieren. (P.S.: Kein Photoshop) #corona #coronavirus #virus #kiss #kuss #asien #asienurlsub #thailand #phuket #palmen #palmtree #beach #strand

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Perpetually controversial YouTuber Logan Paul is among those drawing negative attention for posting a #coronavirus pic, with a post that basically summarizes everything obnoxious about influencers jumping onto this trend.

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f**k the corona virus

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And as long as the coronavirus still remains a topic of conversation and a popular search term, it seems unlikely influencers will back off from this bandwagon, regardless of the backlash.