A doctor trying to hold in a sneeze on CNN

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People can’t get over this doctor on CNN trying to hold his sneeze in

'He literally almost messed around and blew his eyes out. Concerned.'

Mar 29, 2020, 2:08 pm

Internet Culture

Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

A medical professional who tried and failed to hold in a sneeze during a recent appearance on CNN has gone viral for his valiant effort.

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Dr. William Schaffner, a world-renowned infectious disease expert and professor at Vanderbilt University, seemed to internally panic as the sneeze crept up while being interviewed by CNN host Erin Burnett.

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As Burnett spoke to CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Schaffner was overcome by the near-uncontrollable bodily function.

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He was even late to covering his sneeze—only covering his mouth with his hand after the sneeze happened. (The CDC recommends sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.) Following his failed attempt to muzzle the sneeze, Schaffner momentarily appeared wide-eyed, likely realizing the optics amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Schaffner followed up with a short laugh before nodding to someone off-camera. And the internet loved it.

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The clip was shared to Twitter by someone who watched it in real-time.

“The look of a man that has let his country down,” user @Kuon_shin joked.

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Others argued over the assumed danger in holding in a sneeze and were thankful the doctor didn’t explode on TV.

“He literally almost messed around and blew his eyes out. Concerned,” user @HUNTRRxHUNTRR said.

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Undoubtedly, at least some of the people on-set with Schaffner had to have fled the scene, right? Even if sneezing isn’t a common symptom of COVID-19, you can never be too safe.

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Others could only properly convey their reactions with memes.

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The clip has been viewed more than 5.5 million times thus far, with over 133,000 retweets and counting.

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2020, 2:08 pm