There’s no doubt about it that the headlines surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic make us all feel like it’s the end of the world. With pictures of medics in hazmat outfits, empty trains and supermarket shelves being ransacked by the public who’ve been whipped up into a frenzy by the media’s scaremongering coverage, it feels like we’re all living in a scary horror movie with no happy ending in sight. And now that the government has encouraged (but not ordered) public bars and theatres to close for the time being, we’re all left wondering what we are supposed to do.
So thank god for witty old gay guys for maintaining our sense of humour in our darkest of times or encouraging their friends and followers to stay calm during the madness. Now before you say we shouldn’t be making light of such a serious global health epidemic, we believe that we need to keep people calm in these fragile times. Terrifying people will only lead to high anxiety and mass hysteria so let’s take some time away from the headlines and check out what the gays have been doing to allay folks’ fears.
The legendary Mrs Moore has already peppered her hilarious act by singing ‘Ay Corona’ to the tune of the old classic My Sharona, while Myra Dubois had revellers at the Two Brewers laughing themselves silly in spite of their grave situation. However, outrageous new drag queen Cun Tucky has gone one step further and scoops the CoronaVirus prize!
Dressed up in a glam hazmat outfit with sassy face mask, inspired no doubt by Valentina’s controversial Lipsynch outfit, Cun Tucky spent her gig at the Tooting Tram and Social in south London by ensuring that we’re not all left being gripped by crippling anxiety because of the sensationalist and terrifying headlines.
In a story posted on her Instagram, Ms Tucky sassed: “I don’t self isolate, until I’m truly sickening.”
Meanwhile, fitness hunk Charlie King has been a lot more sedate, wandering around his local area in London, commenting on the empty streets and reminding people to stay calm and not panic during this tense situation. In one story he posted he said: “Positive thinking is what ALWAYS has got me through. It’s unrealistic to always feel upbeat and happy with constant information scaring the lives out of us. But if ew counteract negativity and look at the bigger picture it’s clear to see things will be okay!
But other gays haven’t let the Coronavirus get in the way of their social lives, with many packing out London venues like Two Brewers, RVT and other venues around the capital. Just this weekend, pop fans piled into the Eagle bar in Vauxhall to watch Sinitta bang her biggest hits.And they weren’t disappointed.
Of course, with the latest health updates, it’s advised that we all begin to self isolate for at least seven days if you live alone and are healthy or two weeks if you share a house or a flat. So dust off your box sets, subscribe to Netflix or Apple TV or find some handy pastime to while away the time.
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Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Read our advice about staying at home.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.