Coronavirus is taking over everything.
The news is absolutely drenched with coronavirus-related stories, businesses are shutting down, and most conversations can’t help but turn to the global pandemic eventually. Now, even ASMR videos have turned their attention to the virus. A number of calming, strangely serene corona-oriented videos have been cropping up online.
ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, videos have been growing in popularity for years. The goal of these dreamy, soothing videos is to trigger a calming, relaxed feel through gentle sounds and short, reassuring phrases. These days, there is an ASMR video for nearly everything. There is sci-fi ASMR, Harry Potter ASMR and now, it seems, coronavirus ASMR is on the rise.
If the virus is weighing on your mind, perhaps you should consider trying out some coronavirus ASMR. Videos feature people speaking in tranquil, even tones while debunking coronavirus myths and often mimicking doctors or nurses. One video, from beloved YouTuber ASMR Darling, has already racked up more than 15,000 likes in the four days since it was posted.
In the 30-minute video, Darling takes the role of a doctor. She asks the viewer a number of questions, gently explains her process and uses a variety of typical ASMR tricks to keep the audio restful. She also takes care to debunk several myths around the virus. By the end of the video, however, some of the tranquility vanishes when she confirms that you, the viewer, tested positive for coronavirus.
A variety of other, slightly less concerning videos has been cropping up over the last few weeks. They are all approached in typical ASMR style—all quiet tones and subdued sounds—with just enough corona content to make them relevant.
Many of the videos provide real, important information on the virus, all while seeking to produce that wonderful, tingly ASMR feeling. Others seek to ease the mind by offering viewers a fictional vaccine.
There’s even this one, which offers nearly 20 minutes straight of just a turtle eating a piece of coronavirus-shaped watermelon.
We’re going to be just fine.
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