A VIDEO posted on TikTok which appears to show four nurses carrying a fake coronavirus corpse has been slammed for making fun of patients who have died of the disease.
However others have stepped in to defend the apparent medics, saying they are being furloughed by the thousands and that the video is actually showing the nurses defeating the disease.
The video shows four individuals who are wearing nurse uniforms carrying a fifth individual in a plastic bag, with COVID 19 written on the bottom.
The video is in a similar vein to the dancing Ghanian pallbearers meme, based off a real company in Ghana that carries coffins while dancing.
The meme has been widely circulated and employed during the coronavirus pandemic as a tongue in cheek message to encourage people to stay at home.
One video even purportedly shows Colombian police mimicking the meme, although they are not in uniform and the video has not been confirmed.
"Our government has ruined their livelihood just as much as the rest of us," one Twitter user noted. "Their pay has been cut, and most of them sent home."
"Are they trying to make people hate them?", another Twitter user asked.
"They are carrying Covid19's dead body… because they just beat it," pondered Roman Yoder. "To the sound of the funeral meme that has been going around.
"I think people are overinterpretting this tiktok. It isn't nurses carry a body of a person who died of Covid-19."
A third wondered: "Isn’t the joke that Coronavirus is the body, like as in they’ve ‘killed’ coronavirus?"
Whatever the video was intended to mean, it hasn't gone down well.
The US has now confirmed more than 1 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 61,000 deaths.
"This *literally* might be the single most tasteless thing I have seen all year… and 2020 has been horrendous," Tripp Whitbeck wrote.
"Pls take tiktok away from nurses, they’re clearly VERY overwhelmed," another woman called Jane added.
Throughout the pandemic, doctors and nurses have been posting TikTok videos as an attempt to entertain themselves – and others.
One nurse at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, has racked up millions of views.
"We are doing good. We're a little bit stressed out, but we're doing it together and we're happy to be serving," Kala Baker told Good Morning America.
"Honestly we are just still so shocked. We're honored that people even want to watch us dance because we are not dancers."
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