Coronavirus "Nature Is Healing" Memes Offer Some Light in Dark Times

As a result of the stay-at-home order, humans across the globe have been trapped inside for weeks. The significant decline in day-to-day activity has offered one interesting side effect: satellites orbiting the world have noted a remarkable drop in air pollution.

Fewer cars on the road and factories still in operation mean that, for the first time in recent history, the Earth has been offered a break from CO2 emissions. As people are naturally disposed to do, photos of the "clean" environment have been circulating around with the tagline, "We are the virus."

However, fact-checkers were able to bust the myth, proving that most of these reports were indeed fabricated. Fortunately, despite the circumstances, people were able to turn their disappointment into a brand new meme.

The meme began with a tweet from Ronnie Becker, a Minneapolis design student.

"There were tons of posts about the Venetian canals clearing up and the dolphins returning to Italy/various animals returning to typically urban areas and was annoyed by the eco-fascist statements of 'we are the virus,'" Becker said. "I just thought of something that clearly does not belong in nature and as someone who hates the scooter share business I thought the Lime scooters in the river was perfect."

Becker's tweet gave rise to a slew of hilarious "we are the virus" memes. Even if nature isn't healing, at least we got this out of the deal.


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