All kinds of challenges exist in the internet world. May it be from a popular song, or something intended for a good cause or something that is outrageously dangerous! The trending “coronavirus challenge” is one that belongs to the third category of challenges.
Surprisingly, there are still a lot of people who are taking on the challenge like the disease is some sort of joke for them. The ‘coronavirus challenge’ has seen young people all over the world lick public objects despite the worsening public health crisis.
According to Metro, this whole challenge thing reportedly started with a woman influencer named Ava Louise who was filmed licking the toilet seat inside an airplane. In the said clip, someone in the background can be heard saying, “it’s corona time.”
A young American man was one of those who responded to the challenge. The footage of him licking a toilet seat was posted on the popular video-sharing app TikTok.
Roughly two days after he posted the said video, the TikTok personality, known as Larz and goes with the handle GayShawnMendes, reportedly posted footage of himself in a hospital bed on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail.
“I tested positive for Coronavirus,” the 21-year-old from Beverly Hills tweeted on an account that has since been suspended. It wasn’t clear whether Larz’s apparent infection was linked to the stunt.
TikTok has since said it would be removing all content related to the coronavirus challenge, but there are still people who continue to film themselves doing the challenge. In fact, a video of a person licking a car door handle, scooter and other objects surfaced after that statement was made.
Plus, these videos are even gaining more views as one of those videos now has over 1 million views. The same person was also filmed licking a football, iPad, laptop keyboard and tree.
As of Wednesday, #Coronaviruschallenge had been viewed almost 100 million times on TikTok.
Meanwhile, health experts repeatedly warned everyone about how dangerous the said challenge it. They even branded it as something ‘highly irresponsible’ as it may lead to the spread of the disease.