‘Covidiot’: New catch-all term created for people who ignore pandemic health warnings, hoard toilet paper
As the Covid-19 crisis continues around the globe, more and more evidence of human selfishness appears every day on social media. So much so that users have coined the new term “covidiot” to describe the… ahem, ‘viral’ phenomenon.
Social media users have enshrined the new word on Urban Dictionary, with a variety of definitions all covering one unifying, central theme – selfishness. The term ‘Covidiots’ can be used to describe people who ignore common sense advice not to travel or socialize unnecessarily, and those who engage in panic buying and stockpiling of toilet paper, surgical masks and hand sanitizer. It also applies to anyone simply not taking the crisis seriously.
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March 21, 2020
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Covidiots may range from the man (or woman) on the street not respecting social distancing norms, to politicians preaching to the masses one moment – before outright ignoring their own advice the next.
The government and @TfL risking everyone’s lives with trains like this!!! How is this allowing for #socialdistancing?? #COVID19#Coronaviruspic.twitter.com/MxcojGF22z— CharTweets💃🏽 (@chartw33ts) March 23, 2020
However, there are several egregious and downright dangerous examples of people ignoring basic hygiene practices that not even a catch-all term like ‘Covidiot’ can cover.
BREAKING:When it comes to our future with COVID19....we are DOOMED!RT! #COVIDIOTS#coronavirus#COVID19pic.twitter.com/ubE3l4I4Gs— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) March 22, 2020
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