The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in self-isolation, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being tested and actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita have got it.
But a sense of humour has always served the world well in times of crises and nowhere is that more in evidence than on social media during the coronavirus outbreak.
On Twitter there are memes about the English Premier League, the Champions’ League and the NBA all being cancelled.
me enjoying Coronavirus memes on Monday but coughing & blowing my nose on Thursday pic.twitter.com/TcCJbg5Nmj— Ope 🍏 (@OpeYRN) March 12, 2020
There have also been a profusion of tweets about the shortage of toilet rolls amid panic buying in Australia, the US and parts of Europe.
The only hand sanitizer that’ll defeat the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/suPImNizAp— Dank Memes 💎 💎 💎 (@realmemeskids) March 13, 2020
Veteran singer Gloria Gaynor has even got in on the act by recording a new version of “I Will Survive” on Tik Tok, in which she washes her hands in front of a mirror.
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So i said to Arnie "Where did you get those toilet rolls??"— F For Effort (@FForEffort1) March 12, 2020
He said "Aisle B, Back." pic.twitter.com/e1k5XN4Z3e
Me sitting here laughing at these coronavirus memes forgetting that I work in a hospital pic.twitter.com/wuU393yE3g— Fia (@sofiapadovano) March 12, 2020