While self-isolating in the comfort of your home, maybe you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons to relax and distract yourself from the coronavirus outbreak.

Maybe you’re catching some fish or bugs, walking around the idyllic little island you call home. Maybe you run into a neighbor and chat them. Maybe one sees you and calls out your name, runs toward you and then sneezes right in your face.

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It seems we can’t escape illness even in Animal Crossing.

So why is this happening? During the game, various villagers will randomly go up to players to teach them about new expressions. Sometimes they’ll do a laugh, a shocked face, or sometimes they’ll sneeze right on you. After the show it to you, you can then do it yourself whenever you want.

Under normal circumstances, getting sneezed on in Animal Crossing would just be another funny little interaction, but in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has a whole different connotation to it.

I was sneezed on in the game a few days ago and have since been sneezing on visitors to my island as a little joke. It is a harmless sneeze, after all.

Other players have been using the sneeze reaction to sneeze on each other too, but not everyone feels as lightheartedly about it.

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If you turn around and sneeze on your animal neighbors, they’ll react with a mild shocked face but that’s about it. Luckily, the virus isn’t actually present in the game, but your neighbors can still get sick from time to time and can be cured with a bag of medicine.

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