Don’t Drink and Game
As people spend more time cooped up at home, hashtags detailing their boredom have made the rounds on Weibo as well, making light of the dire situation.
One of them, titled “Dad has finally been driven nuts”, was viewed 440 million times, with 120,000 discussion posts.
These included video clips of family members playing badminton indoors while wearing surgical masks.
Another hashtag — “how bored can you be when staying at home” — had more than 80 million views.
One user wrote: “This is the 10th day I have stayed home, and I can’t tell what day it is or whether it is day or night.”
Another user posted photographs of a Mickey Mouse sculpture apparently made from the husks of seeds and nuts.
In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, China has restricted travel and effectively locked down most of Hubei province — where the majority of deaths and infections have been reported — for almost two weeks.
But experts were quick to urge citizens not to turn to drinking or gaming to pass the time at home.
Chen Xuefeng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said this week: “When avoiding going outside these days, people can relieve stress by exercising indoors, singing and so on.”
“Drinking and gaming for long hours is not good for stress and could bring about worse emotional pressure,” she said.