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Jason is the least of Twitter's worries as coronavirus takes over Friday the 13th chatter

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Mar 14, 2020, 3:23 AM EDT (Updated)

For once, horror fans aren't worrying about Jason Voorhees turning up on Friday the 13th. Instead, a more real-life threat has replaced the slasher for 2020.

On this unlucky go-around, folks are more concerned about the coronavirus than they are about a hockey-mask-wearing maniac with a machete. It's not an irrational fear, either. After all, the growing global pandemic has delayed movies, closed down theme parks, driven monkeys to warcanceled conventions, and forced people (like Tom Hanks) into quarantine and isolation.

These are troubling times, but as the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Not that we should be making light of the COVID-19 issue (it is very serious and we should be taking all necessary and recommended precautions to prevent it from spreading any further), but if we can't infuse a tiny bit of cheerfulness into this dire situation, then there's no hope for any of us.

Stay away from public gatherings, pull on a comfy, Pamela Voorhees-esque sweater and see how Twitter is celebrating Friday the 13th amid the virus scare:

For our growing list of coronavirus related delays and cancellations, click here. If you're looking to dig back into the actual Friday the 13th film catalog to commemorate the day, SYFY is airing a marthon today into tonight (complete with some Camp Crystal Lake Public Access extras baked in).

This story presents some humorous responses to coronavirus, but COVID-19 is very real! Please exercise caution out there: wash those hands, keep them away from your face, and practice social distancing. For extensive information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe, check out the CDC’s coronavirus website.


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