People Are Calling out Kelly Ripa for Joking About Coronavirus | 22 Words

As the coronavirus continues to cause destruction on a mass scale, more and more people are trying to raise awareness about the issue and how to protect yourself. While the majority are giving us helpful information, some have opted to, well, crack jokes about the whole thing.

And that seems to have been the case with Kelly Ripa this week, who has landed herself in hot water for joking about the virus in an Instagram video.

Keep scrolling to see the clip for yourself...


We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 6,526 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 171,027 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, over 3000 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and sixty-nine have reportedly died.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

While some people are using their platform to give us helpful advice...

Others have opted to take a different approach.

And it seems that has been the case with Kelly Ripa.

The daytime talk show host has left fans outraged after a video surfaced of her seemingly joking about the coronavirus epidemic during an Instagram video. Keep scrolling to watch...

The star uploaded a video of her visiting her dermatologist to get botox.

"Hi everyone. We're going to talk about a serious medical problem," Kelly's dermatologist, Dr. Robert Anolik, says in the clip.

"Yes, there's a very serious medical problem going around right now. What is it?" Kelly replies.

Here's where it starts to get problematic...

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"It's Botox deficiency," Dr. Anolik replies.

"Acute!" Kelly exclaims.

She then jokes: "In this time we can notice that there's been a lot of worrying, you can see it is written all over my face." 

She continues:

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"..but Dr. Anolik decided to be brave today and come into work to treat my acute Botox deficiency syndrome," she says before receiving the botox.

She then shows off the results of the injections.

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"What do you think? Did I survive?"

"Is there any Botox left for anyone else, doctor?" she adds. 

As you'd imagine, the video didn't go down well with viewers.

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And many called her out for being "out of touch with reality."

Twitter and Instagram exploded with unimpressed viewers.

"How is this remotely funny?"  commented one outraged user. "How self-absorbed!" wrote another.

There was no holding back.

"This is rude, totally insensitive, inappropriate, even insulting! I am truly disgusted by this behavior. Making fun of a worldwide pandemic, while people are dying is immeasurably narcissistic, egocentric, selfish, simply dumb."

Watch the controversial clip below:

Kelly is yet to address the backlash.