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TikToker’s ‘COVID bingo’ tracks university coronavirus fails

She might need a bigger bingo grid.


Angelica Arinze


Posted on Sep 2, 2020   Updated on Sep 4, 2020, 3:08 pm CDT

As college students across the country head back to their universities for the fall semester, many are using social media to show and tell how their schools are handling—or not handling—the coronavirus.

One TikTok user, @alexisvigario8, has gone viral for creating a series that showcases this. Her “COVID bingo: University edition” series lists situations ranging from “student protests” to “forced shutdown by the government” on a 5-by-5 grid.

The user, who did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment, launched the series in August and has asked other users to play along by sending their college’s “COVID failures.” When a university makes news for a situation featured on the bingo grid, she colors in the grid square with the university’s logo.

Each video in the series has amassed hundreds of thousands of views, and the fourth round of the series has nearly 1 million views and over 180,000 likes. That video adds that North Carolina State University was accused of hiding coronavirus cases (the university has reported 885 cases since March) and that Colorado State University’s athletic programs allegedly caused an outbreak.

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So far, the video series is in its 10th round and has already hit “bingo” with five squares in a row. The grid currently features 14 colleges and universities, including New York University for its quarantine food, Harvard University because its president tested positive for COVID-19, and the University of Miami for enforcing a curfew.

While videos are a cheeky way to poke fun at universities’ handling of COVID-19 measures on their campus, it underscores how poorly some universities have prepared to have students back.

Many commenters have shared their campus horror stories, with many stating they were already sent home or that their university administration is refusing to inform their students about cases.

As the semester continues, @alexisvigario8 might need a bigger bingo grid.

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*First Published: Sep 2, 2020, 5:01 pm CDT