Ava Louise, a 22-year-old social media influencer hopeful from Miami, has been slammed after posting a video of herself licking a toilet seat in what has been dubbed the “coronavirus challenge”. Ava, who has appeared on Dr Phil twice – the famous US TV psychologist – claimed she was in the bathroom of an airplane when attempting to kickstart the TikTok trend.
Alongside the six-second clip read the caption: “Please retweet this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane.”
The video was met with immediate hostility, with Meghan McCain, daughter of US senator John McCain, going as far as to call for her to be jailed.
Retweeting the video, Ms McCain wrote: “Put her ass in jail!”
Others reacted similarly, with one user writing: “She should b arrested for encouraging ppl to get infected.
“What is wrong with her.”
The clip has since received over 340,000 views on Twitter.
The original TikTok version appears to have been removed.
Despite Ms Louise calling the stunt the “coronavirus challenge” it does not seem to have taken off on social media.
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In a subsequent video, Ms Louise claimed that coronavirus “kills everyone who’s old enough to still have facebook,” and that it can be cured by doing cocaine – a reference to a meme floated earlier this month.
Meanwhile, in the US, coronavirus continues to sweep the nation, with more than 4,600 cases of the virus and 85 deaths.
Donald Trump, the US president, said on Monday that the nationwide emergency could last until the end of the summer or even longer.
Now, over the next 15 days, Americans will be asked not to gather in groups of more than 10 and avoid bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and crowds.
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At the White House, Mr Trump said the country is facing “an invisible enemy” that is “so contagious”.
Similar to the measures advised by the UK government on Monday, Trump has urged all older Americans to stay at home, while work and schooling or everyone should be from home.
Discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits should also be avoided.
And, those who test positive for the virus have been asked to stay at home, along with everyone who lives there.
Talking to reporters, Trump said: “We’ve made the decision to further toughen the guidelines and blunt the infection now.”
“We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it.”
Asked how long the emergency would last, Trump said: “They think August, could be July, could be longer than that.”
This came in stark contrast to his previous prediction – that the outbreak would be over in a matter of weeks.
White House coronavirus response co-ordinator Dr Deborah Birx, who joined the president, said: “If everybody in America does what we ask for over the next 15 days, we will see a dramatic difference.”
Issuing an appal directly to millennial, she asked them to limit social contact even though they are at lower risk of suffering if they contract the virus.
She said: “They are the core people that will stop this virus.
”We really want people to be separated.”
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