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‘Quarantine and chill’ reminds people to self-isolate amid coronavirus

It's like Netflix and chill but during a pandemic, and it has nothing to do with hooking up.


Brooke Sjoberg

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 16, 2020   Updated on Mar 16, 2020, 1:21 pm CDT

As more people begin to self-isolate to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, a new hashtag has popped up to encourage others to do the same.

#Quarantineandchill—a current-day takeoff of Netflix and chill without necessarily the potential for a romantic encounter—is all about staying inside, preferably with some form of entertainment and a pet. Or your kids when they’re stuck at home.

There’s a bit of confusion about what the closures of schools around the country means for children during the pandemic, but it definitely isn’t the same as, say, a summer break.

“Closing schools does not mean its OK to take your kids to the movies, skating, McDonalds play place, the park or any other place of entertainment!!” Twitter user @Ms_D_Hernandez wrote. “It means keep them at home so the virus doesn’t spread. Otherwise, there is no point in closing schools. #Quarantineandchill.”

Keeping kids at home is a popular topic for the tag, with many parents wondering at what time it becomes appropriate to start drinking.

“What time is cocktail hour when you are quarantined with 5 year old twins? Asking for a friend,” Twitter user @ilyseh wrote.

It’s not just parents drinking, either.

“When you’re on day 2 of your self quarantine but on your 8th bottle of wine. #Quarantineandchill,” @Jenni_77 wrote.


Then there are the people choosing to spend their time learning new things or messing with their pets. Or both.

“Day 5 of social distancing and I’m taking time to read one of the classics,” @sc_danielson wrote in a tweet. “I’m also singing to my pets about wood now so the next few weeks will be interesting… #Quarantineandchill.”

But no matter how you practice #Quarantineandchill, there’s only one real requirement: Just stay inside.


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*First Published: Mar 16, 2020, 1:11 pm CDT