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Fear not this global pandemic, for the coronavirus ASMR videos have arrived

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Rule 34 states that if it exists, there is a porn version of it. The same, it seems, is beginning to be true of ASMR videos, which aim to trigger the soothing tingles otherwise known as autonomous sensory meridian response via gentle whispers and pointed, yet mundane sounds. There’s Harry Potter ASMR, reality TV ASMR, construction ASMR, Xenomorph ASMR, and, our personal favorite, Hungry Turtle ASMR. Now, we have coronavirus ASMR, and, if you’re as unnerved by quite literally everything getting canceled and delayed as we are, it might bring you a little comfort. Or more terror. It’s hard to say with this stuff.

The 30-minute clip above comes from the wildly popular ASMR Darling YouTube channel, and its noble purpose extends well beyond telling you you’re not going to die. Instead, the immersive video takes the form of a doctor’s visit, with the masked-up whisperer checking your vitals and administering a test for strep throat before determining that, yep, you definitely have coronavirus. The mask’s rustle, the rip of velcro, and the repeated washing of hands accompany the narrator’s voice she runs through a list of debunked coronavirus myths—no, covering your body in alcohol or chlorine will not kill a disease that lives inside you—and, in a sobering twist, tells you you’ll need to be “flown out to quarantine.”

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If that’s a touch too real right now, maybe you’ll enjoy one of the other handful of ASMR coronavirus videos online. Some simply seek to debunk more myths in hushed, fuzzy tones, while others offer hope by injecting you with a (fictional) vaccine.

The best, however, involves a turtle eating a “coronavirus watermelon.”

Save us, turtles.

[via Boing Boing]

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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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