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Influencer Licks Toilet For A Challenge, Gets A Dose Of Karma And COVID-19

There are no words.

If you don’t believe in karma, now might be a good time to get familiar with that sassy beast because a U.S. Tik Tok influencer has tested positive for coronavirus after he licked a toilet for a social media challenge.

I’ll give you a minute to roll your eyes.

According to Daily Mail, the influencer – known as Larz on Tik Tok – posted a Twitter video of himself licking the rim of a toilet as part of the widely criticised ‘coronavirus challenge.’

Two days later, the 21-year-old tweeted a video of himself in a hospital bed telling his followers, “I tested positive for coronavirus.” His account has since been suspended.

I’ll give you another minute to roll your eyes.

Sadly, Larz isn’t the first person to play russian roulette with COVID-19 in the name of a social media challenge. The whole thing started when fellow Tik Tok influencer Ava Louise licked an airplane toilet in the hopes of going viral amidst the pandemic. 

In a truly cringeworthy video, Louise explained why she did it, telling a reporter during Spring Break, “I licked a toilet seat on my sugar daddy’s private plane on my way down here to go viral because I fucking hate old people and it’s their fault that we can’t go to the beach and catch a fucking dick!”

Yikes.

In an interview with Dr. Phil, Louise said people dying from coronavirus is “their problem, not mine,” and told him, “your generation only cares about this virus, because it affects you.”

What Louise, Larz and other people thinking of doing these social media challenges fail to realise is that COVID-19 does not discriminate, and there is already mounting proof of that. It was recently reported that an 18-year-old with an underlying health condition had died of the virus, and medical experts have warned that it is “not simply limited to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.”

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Another reality that these Tik Tok influencers are ignoring is the fact that this virus is not about you. It’s about protecting the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and people who are more vulnerable and at risk. 

By ignoring the rules, ‘trying’ to get coronavirus, and flaunting that on social media, you’re not only attracting an absolute shitstorm of backlash, but you’re setting a terrible example, and putting lives at risk. If causing your own, or someone else’s death is worth it for social media clout and attention – there’s a far bigger issue at play here.

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We Should All Be More Concerned About The Homeless Population

How do you self-isolate without a home?

For most of us, self-isolating, staying indoors and avoiding large gatherings is relatively easy amidst the coronavirus crisis – but what about the people who don’t have a place to call home?

For those who are homeless or sleeping rough, avoiding the spread of COVID-19 is near impossible. With weakened immune systems, poor hygiene, having to live in close proximity with others, less access to medical services and communication, and an inability to self-isolate or quarantine – homeless people are extremely vulnerable and at risk of testing positive for the virus. 

According to the 2016 ABS Census of Housing and Population, there have been over 116,000 homeless people living in Australia on a single night, and the rate of homelessness in our country has risen by 13.7% in five years. But that’s just in Australia. 

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All over the world there are people living without a roof over their heads, and according to the experts, “it’s inevitable” that coronavirus will hit the homeless community on a global scale. This follows reports that soup kitchens in the UK have closed and a homeless shelter in Hobart was forced to shut its doors due to fears of coronavirus. 

There was also a shocking report that French authorities had been fining homeless people amid the country’s lockdown.

The good news is, there are worldwide efforts being made to try and lessen the impact the pandemic is having on those without a home. In the UK, hotels and offices are being converted into safe spaces to protect rough sleepers from coronavirus, and in some parts of the States, organisations have set up hot water hand-washing stations, restructured the bedding layout of shelters, and are working to provide on-the-ground education about the virus’s spread and prevention.

Here in Australia, homeless help provider Strike it Out has been handing out hygiene packs to members of the homeless community to try and limit the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. 

Tasmania’s State Government has also announced it will be providing $1M in aid to Communities Tasmania so they can support vulnerable people with food hampers, medical supplies and counselling. 

ABC News reports that in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 amongst the homeless community, things like hygiene stations need to be easily accessible, shelters need to be restructured and things like communication plans and designated quarantine sites need to be set up. 

We can only hope the rest of Australia, and the world, will continue to help protect the physical and mental health of those who are already struggling on the streets from this deadly virus.

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Best Believe In Karma Cos Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Has Coronavirus

What goes around, comes around.

As the old saying goes: what goes around comes around, and that couldn’t be more relevant right now with the news that convicted sex offender and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

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According to prison officials via the Niagara Gazette, Weinstein has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York.

Apparently, Weinstein was already positive for coronavirus when he entered Wende last week from Rikers Island. The Niagara Gazette states that Wende acts as an intake centre for new state inmates, after which they’re “typically sent to other facilities…after medical and security concerns are assessed.

Harvey Weinstein has been treated for a number of health concerns between beginning his trial in New York and being convicted in February. During the trial, Weinstein was treated for high blood pressure and chest pains, and how could we possibly forget his infamous walker he used each day in court? 

While many believed Harvey Weinstein didn’t actually need the walker and was merely using it to gain ‘sympathy,’ his lawyers insisted “he is in pain. He’s having surgery.”

It’s one thing for Harvey Weinstein to test positive for coronavirus while in jail, but what about all the other inmates? Michael Powers, the president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association has acknowledged the need to ban all ‘non essential’ transfers of inmates during the crisis. 

“There is no better breeding ground for this virus than a closed environment such as a correctional facility,” he said. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has also prohibited visitors from seeing prison inmates to avoid the spread of coronavirus. 

We can only hope Harvey Weinstein, and others who are infected with COVID-19 in the prison system are being isolated as soon as possible so the situation doesn’t escalate any further.

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