13 funniest coronavirus memes to keep you amused while you’re on lockdown

The coronavirus outbreak has seen thousands of people confined to their homes and stuck in front of their computers with nothing to do.

Most of them are, happily, perfectly healthy. They’re just taking precautions to avoid passing the virus on to an elderly relative.

Or, to put it another way, they’re taking advantage of a Europe-wide lockdown to get a few cheeky days off work.

Italians are being treated to free porn for the duration of the epidemic by PornHub. And a few iPhone apps like Korg's Kaossilator are now free to download and annoy your mates with.

But once you're bored with porn and techno, and you realise that no new telly programmes are going to be made for the next few months, what are you going to do?

Well an awful lot of people are using their free time to make funny memes for social media.

We’ve rounded up some of the best and funniest we’ve found. As always, with these things, they’re all over the internet and it’s hard to work out who originally made them.

If you spot something of yours here, let us know and we’ll add the appropriate credit!

Just when you think everything's going to be OK, along comes a global pandemic to put everything into perspective.

The threat of the USA and North Korea going at it with nuclear weapons, and the wholesale destruction of half of Australia's forests, seem like minor worries in retrospect.

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In fact, all the old problems we used to worry about back in the 2010s seem so far away now. remember when Ebola was going to wipe out the whole of mankind? Those were the days.

Back then, the only things going viral were funny pictures.

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But no matter how bad things get, people will always be making hilarious memes.

Like this spot-on Where's Wally spoof made by an unknown Spanish photoshopper.

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The legendary hide-and-seek champion will find it a lot harder to avoid detection now that the streets look like an out-take from 28 Days Later.

People only seem to be going out to stock up on loo roll. Why loo roll? No one can quite explain it.

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But people who have managed to snag a few multipacks are feeling very proud of themselves.

In the future, when our economy has collapsed because no-one's been to work for months, bog roll will probably form the basis of a brand new currency.

They'll probably call it Buttcoin.

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And in that far-distant post-apocalyptic future, no one will remember why loo roll was so important. Or even what it was for.

It'll just be something that turns up on Antiques Roadshow that's "been in the family for years."

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Commuting to work will be another thing that no-one can understand in the future.

We packed ourselves onto crowded trains so we could sit in front of a computer that wasn't quite as good as the one we have at home?

In 2040, even bakers and scaffolders will work from home. And we'll all be taking regular breaks to watch old episodes of Bargain Hunt.

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Obviously the "office clothes" shops will all have gone out of business, so if you're an investor the smart money will all be invested in pyjama designers.

From this weekend, people over 70 and those with serious health conditions will be told to self-isolate for 12 weeks.

But most of us are going to like it so much we'll probably stay at home for 12 years.

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And that's why we'll need badges. People will definitely want to customise their jim-jams with something that might wake them up when its pin comes loose.

Falling asleep at work will still be a bad look in 2040.

In fact, working from home will become so boring that lost of people will waste half their day reminiscing about how great their office was on Facebook.

And instead of emailing each other funny memes there will just be pictures of photocopiers and knackered old kettles doing the rounds.

Collectors will be buying up old fax machines and spending days discussing what they might have been for.

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That'll be a bad day for viruses everywhere.

Without us ferrying them around as we travel to and from work they'll probably die out altogether.

And that's even if they don't try to infect Chuck Norris.

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Even now, lots of us are too busy making silly jokes about coronavirus on social media to be as scared as we probably should be.

That must be infuriating for the virus. Imagine going to all that effort and people are just laughing at you.

Yes. All in, it's going to be a bad time to be a virus. Laughter is, they say, the best medicine.

And it's true: When you laugh, your respiration, heart rate and blood pressure temporarily increase.

This, in turn, causes oxygen to surge through the bloodstream that then lowers your blood pressure.

If our collection of funny memes hasn't immunised you against coronavirus it will at least have staved off the infection for a few weeks.

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