As the delta variant sweeps across the U.S., many people are taking to social media to mourn the loss of their “fall plans.”
The uptick in COVID-19 cases has pushed governments and businesses to begin requiring vaccines for workers, while mandates on mask wearing return after they had been lifted prior to the variant’s spread.
Meanwhile, on Friday, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel recommended a booster vaccine shot for Americans who are immunocompromised.
As it appears restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 return, many Americans who have spent months isolating themselves have turned to memes to help them cope with the cancellations of their plans this fall.
According to the website Know Your Meme, which tracks popular internet memes, the first known use of the “fall plans” meme was posted by Twitter user @jush_for_fun, referencing participants in the show “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.”
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Some of the memes have incorporated famous moments in sports, TV, movies and other pop culture, with “fall plans” representing a character and the “delta variant” being the person or object standing in their way. For example, one shows an image of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern from “Home Alone” under the caption “Fall plans,” while Macaulay Culkin’s character appears under “delta variant.”
Since then, the meme has taken on countless forms. Here are some of the best ones:
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Fall plans’ and delta variant: The meme explained