NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans are employing humor as a balm to soothe nerves during the coronavirus pandemic, flocking to new Instagram stars like Quentin Quarantino and sharing Facebook memes about taking off bras and pants and putting on weight in self-quarantine.
Jonathan Jaffe poses for a photograph in his “man cave” at his Scotch Plains, New Jersey, home, where he produces The Jaffe Briefing, a satirical newsletter that uses humor to update readers on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and other New Jersey news in this March 23, 2020 handout photo. Carrie Jaffe/Handout via REUTERS.
Late-night TV hosts and hometown comedians are providing a mental health safety net for Americans living amid COVID-19 trauma, and medical experts say humor is a vital part of surviving the cascading catastrophe.
“We’re just trying to find the lighter side of the crisis with articles that tell readers that this is temporary, ‘Let’s just get through it together,’” said Jonathan Jaffe,…
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