Instagrammers aren’t afraid to use everything as a photo opportunity.
This is definitely the case for wearing coronavirus masks as fashion accessories.
While some influencers have posed in the protective gear to raise awareness for victims of the deadly virus, others have made light of the problem.
One Instagram user, in Shanghai, China, posed with two bottles of Corona Extra beer.
She captioned the image: “Dear family and friends, I’m healthy and safe. Don’t worry, I know how to fight the virus! I’m prepared.”
Meanwhile, Logan Paul had his own message to share with his 17.2 million followers.
The YouTuber, who previously sparked controversy by taking footage in Japan’s notorious “suicide forest”, grinned widely as he donned a gas mask.
He was joined by four ladies, including adult entertainer Riley Reid.
The influencers stuck their fingers up towards the camera, with Logan sharing the snap to his platform with the caption “f*** the coronavirus”.
While the image racked up one million likes in a matter of days, some accused the vlogger of trivialising coronavirus cases.
One responder remarked: “Man this isn’t funny at all. It’s spreading all over the world.”
Another said: “I don’t think this is so funny. People are dying.”
A third wrote: “Come on mate not really a joke. Over 100 people have died – mums, dads and kids.”
And a fourth added: “Saw this post and realised I forgot to unfollow.”
Gym buff Fitness Soskar also faced criticism when he posted a picture with his 99,500 followers.
The influencer, who is currently travelling in Thailand with his girlfriend Mandy, told fans about his experiences.
The post was captioned: “Coronavirus – we pray that it will finally be stopped…
@Healthy_mandy and I only kiss in public places with face masks.
“We are not afraid of the virus, but we still wear the masks, like 90% of the people here in Thailand, so as not to infect us.
“We still enjoy our vacation and hope that this misery will be stopped soon!”
When Soskar revealed he was only smooching his partner with a protective mask on, he was mocked by dozens of Instagram users.
Some called the couple “dumb” for putting their experiences centre stage – while others pointed out that masks aren’t always effective in protecting against coronavirus.
One commenter said: “Those masks bring 0.”
Another said: “Unfortunately, the masks you show here bring nothing. Nothing against such a virus.”
And a third added: “Are you guys dumb?”
So is the Instagram trend disrespectful?
You wouldn’t be alone in thinking so, as the virus has claimed the lives of at least 425 people.
There have been cases across the world, from China to the UK and Australia.
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