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COVID-19 has people pretty jumpy right now. It’s common knowledge that while most cases get handled by the body’s immune system in a pretty routine manner, it can still be deadly to certain at-risk groups, particularly the elderly.
Beloved actress Betty White is now 98 years old; a person of astounding longevity both in terms of her life and her career. But the people of Twitter began to fear that this would be the end for her.
Checking twitter to make sure Betty White is okaypic.twitter.com/lPKUrZcvKZ
— COVID-307🌹 (@cherryboy307) March 12, 2020
The more they worried about her, the more they tweeted about it. Some sincerely, most in a tongue-in-cheek meme-ish sort of way.
— Michael Barber 🏈💀 (@MBarber_22) March 12, 2020
Then something astounding happened; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were diagnosed with the virus, making the internet go into overdrive with their protective feelings for cherished celebrities.
if tom hanks dies from coronavirus and not comfortably in his bed at the age of 121 i will personally eradicate every sickness ever
— nina (@mackayskywalker) March 15, 2020
Now they were coming out in droves to tell off carona – a series of pleas and threats on behalf on Betty White flooded the platform.
@ coronavirus so help me god if you do anything to Betty White we’re gonna have some problems pic.twitter.com/FGk2PlLpky
— Megan🤪 (@megwallace96) March 12, 2020
The funny thing is, when a person gets mentioned a lot on Twitter, they start trending. And when a celebrity starts trending, we’re trained to fear the worst.
Worrying about Betty White made Betty White trend which made more people worry about Betty White.
I don’t know if irony is the right word, but there is something deeply poetic about it.
Y’all idiots are making me panic cause I saw Betty White Trending for no reason. Fucking hate it here pic.twitter.com/HmHyccW7db
— Tiff (@earthtotiffany_) March 12, 2020
But still, we needed confirmation that she was safe. That confirmation came in the form of a quote from one of White’s representative’s to USA Today.
They said, quote:
“Betty white is fine.”
We’ve got a long way to go weathering this storm. Things are likely to get worse before they get better. Please, practice responsible internet-ing. Let’s not worry ourselves where we don’t even need to.
What lengths would you go to to protect your favorite celeb?
Tell the tale in the comments.