Here's Why It Is NOT Funny To Fake Having Coronavirus This April Fools' Day

Social distancing may be getting to you, and April Fool's Day could seem like the perfect inspiration to pull the best joke of all time on your loved ones. While there's a clear plot point in global history currently unfolding to pull from, please don't pretend you have coronavirus for the sake of an April Fools' prank.

Coronavirus is being added to the list of things you shouldn't joke about, right beside sexuality, pregnancy and mental health. The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019, had infected over 740,000 people globally as of Monday, just two days before April Fools' Day 2020, according to John Hopkins University.

People around the world, 35,000 globally as of Monday, maybe even in your hometown, are dying from the new respiratory illness, and that's reason enough why it shouldn't be the butt of your joke.

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Lights shines still in Times Square as people remain at home to stop the spread of coronavirus on March 29, 2020, in New York City. President Trump has extended the social distancing guidelines to April 30. Noam Galai/Getty

Twitter users pleaded with the online public to be considerate and kind with their April Fools' Day pranks this year. Many people already expect coronavirus will be a common kicker and are shaking their heads at the idea—one that's likely to come to fruition regardless of advocacy.

APRIL FOOLS DAY is coming. PLEASE don’t
joke about these 👇🏻 things for it aint funny:

- self harm / suicide / death / mental illness
- fake pregnancy / miscarriages / abortion!
- cheating
- fake coming out (LGBT)
- rape
- testing positive for COVID 19 / any illness

— - 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒃𝒊 (@loved0llie) March 27, 2020

I know it’s April fools day on Wednesday but could we please refrain from Corona Virus pranks, misinformation and the likes 😭😩

— Pamela Mtanga (@pamela_mtanga) March 29, 2020

I know others have said it but I just want to make it clear that April Fools is canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns.

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 28, 2020

Wednesday is April Fools Day

And if I see anyone doing a “I gOt ThE cOrOnAViRuS” as an April fools joke you’re getting blocked.

— Senzäe ☾🔜Northern Lvghts (@brosensei) March 30, 2020

April 1st is almost upon us. Let’s all collectively agree that Coronavirus April fools jokes won’t be funny. K? Good talk.

— Participation Trophy Wife 🏆 (@TrophyWifeDayna) March 29, 2020

PSA

Hi, it's almost April 1st, aka April Fools Day. Please be reminded that using "tested positive for COVID-19/coronavirus/corona" is NOT A GOOD PRANK. Be considerate and not use this as a prank or a joke.

Thank you.

— Sabrina (@TheSabrinaMan) March 29, 2020

On April fools day I better not be hearing more coronavirus jokes. “Oh everything is all back to normal” “the virus is gone” “you can come back to work now” ETC!!!!

— Psychedelic Mango (@moralesjr20) March 29, 2020

Even Google has announced they won't proceed with their normal April Fools' Day content due to the pandemic. The search engine told Business Insider they'll: "take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one."

Some may find comfort in humor—a way to shut out the darkness of the situation that's undeniably changing the way the world interacts. If that sounds like you, continue with your coping, but please don't bring it public on April Fools' Day. To wrongfully submit yourself a one of the growing number of those infected when you have the privilege of health is inconsiderate and embarrassing.

There's another potential April Fools' Day harm looming: a wild spread of misinformation. It's probable some Internet users will design and spread fake information about coronavirus, which could scare and mislead the general public. As a guideline, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updated coronavirus information, as well as news sources you trust.