On the 26th of November, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 named Omicron. It was first discovered in southern Africa and was labeled as highly transmissible. Though there’s not much knowledge about the actual risks and effects of the new strain, it’s considered to be the next big thing in the COVID-19 pandemic story.

Yet again, this has left the world in shock and some countries have already started tightening travel rules with a few already announcing lockdowns. However, even in the most difficult situations, people still find a way to carry on laughing. A new wave of Omicron variant memes has taken over social media in order to ease up the anxiety with a light dose of humor.

Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest memes and jokes that are floating around the Internet. Make sure to check them out below and upvote the most hilarious ones!

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Dan Buczynski
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7 months ago

Mmmm...erotic almonds

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While this new Omicron threat opens up the mental trauma we only started to let go of with the help of vaccination, internauts decided to deal with it straight away. And the method they chose is definitely closest to our hearts—by creating countless hilarious memes and jokes in reaction to it. This time, mainly about the fact that many of us already have big plans for the future and the fear that we might need to cancel them once again. 

Throughout the whole pandemic, we’ve had plenty of stuff to laugh at: from toilet paper hoarding memes and funny Zoom fails to the never-ending jokes about life in lockdown. All of this really helped because instead of just sitting around and feeling the anxiety creeping in, people were able to break into a smile. In fact, Mayo Clinic Staff states that laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. 

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Rikke Visby Wickberg
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7 months ago

2020 too...

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There’s plenty of short-term benefits: a good laugh can enhance your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulate your heart and other vital organs. It also activates and then cools down your stress response which leaves you feeling relaxed. Lastly, "Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress."

Thinking about long-term effects, laughter is known for strengthening your immune system. Plus, it’s a great way to relieve pain, since it makes the body produce natural painkillers. Not to mention that it significantly improves your mood: "Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your stress, depression, and anxiety and may make you feel happier. It can also improve your self-esteem."

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Julia Atkinson
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7 months ago

I bet we won't even get free balloons

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Bobert Robertson
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7 months ago

he's about to get bit in the yippeenis

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Having a good chuckle helps you to cope with sometimes hard and difficult situations. If you’re scared that you’re missing out on all of these benefits because you have no sense of humor, don’t worry, humor can be learned. You can start by watching funny movies or TV shows and hanging out with friends that make you laugh. Looking at funny images and reading jokes can also help you improve, and if you’re scrolling through this post, you know you’re in the right place. 

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Damon
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7 months ago

Why did they change it to a transformer instead of just a bigger xenomorph?

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Next Is Immunity

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the child
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7 months ago

i never thought about it like that... *shudder*

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A study published in the Psychology of Popular Media journal found that memes helped people cope with life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers with Pennsylvania State University and the University of California Santa Barbara found that those who looked at memes during the pandemic reported having "higher levels of humor" and feeling calmer and more content. 

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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7 months ago

I mean.... he's got a point

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Mike Crow
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7 months ago

Give up the fight against COVID and the mutations will happen faster and harder ending up with one that could be very deadly. But at least you would have your “freedom”.

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Sakura
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6 months ago

Tbh I think we've got to stop with the whole "Wuhan lab" thing. There's no proof that it came from a lab, and scientists have deemed the theory highly unlikely. All the continued tinfoil-hatting does is increase tensions and prevent reasonable discourse.

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They conducted an online experiment with more than 748 participants to see how looking at funny pictures will affect them and influence the way they're coping with the pandemic stress. These people reviewed a variety of memes and were asked to rate the cuteness, humor, and emotional responses prompted by the materials. Also, report if they made them think about COVID-19. 

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Auntriarch
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7 months ago

Colourised, snort-laugh!

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El muerto
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7 months ago

ain't evolution great!!

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Welcome To The Corona Family Omicron

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El muerto
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7 months ago

and it will for ever be known as "the groundhog epidemic"...maybe we need understand the true meaning of covid to break the spell

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"Compared with viewing other media content, viewing memes resulted in Internet users experiencing greater humor and positive emotions. When Internet users viewed memes with captions focused on COVID-19, they reported lower COVID-19-related stress levels than if they viewed memes focused on other topics, suggesting that tackling a stressor directly with humorous popular media content can benefit our emotional state and stress levels."

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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7 months ago

There's someone swimming in that water lol

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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7 months ago

Me

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Alexei Arntzen
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7 months ago

Yeah it's kinda unfortunate they chose the Greek alphabet because "The Omega Variant" sounds like it's gonna be a zombie horror movie

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The lead author of this research, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., said that "as the pandemic kept dragging on, it became more and more interesting to me how people were using social media and memes in particular, as a way to think about the pandemic." They found that viewing just three memes can already help you cope with the stress that a global pandemic causes you.  

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Kimi Tomminello
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7 months ago

😂😂😂 I was waiting for him to show up!!

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Raven Sheridan
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7 months ago

Republicans living in their denial alternate reality.

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We Should Actually Thank Them For Discovering The Virus So Fast And There Is No Evidence Supporting Omicron Came From South Africa

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Beta
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7 months ago

Yeah within the first few hours of the new variant it had only been found in the southern African countries of Israel Belgium Austria Australia Italy etc.

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“This suggests that not all media are uniformly bad for mental health and people should stop and take stock of what type of media they are consuming. If we are all more conscious of how our behaviors, including time spent scrolling, affect our emotional states, then we will better be able to use social media to help us when we need it and to take a break from it when we need that instead,” the professor at Pennsylvania State University explained. 

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Phoebe Willis
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7 months ago

F**k me, try need for 20 mins lol

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Every Time I Hear Omicron I Have To Say Persei 8.

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Soap
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7 months ago

All hail Hypnotoad!

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karla Meixnerová
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7 months ago

One of my "friends" on fb told me, that there is not a letter omicron in Greek alphabet... And that they named it after some guy (forgot the name, sorry) who produces Graphene, which is in vaccine and which cause infertility :D

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If you already scrolled through the list and still feel like the dark cloud of the pandemic is looming over your head, we’ve got you covered. There’s plenty of funny things to laugh at, from "My Plans vs. 2020", the best Covid vaccine memes to jokes about the first year of the pandemic.

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Paul C.
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7 months ago

Great film!

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Rissie
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6 months ago

Yes and that's why you don't fix it by going back on that track. Dikke duh.

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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7 months ago

Honestly at this point if aliens came I wouldn't be shocked. I'm just expecting these things to happen at this point.

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rspanther
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7 months ago

I wonder what they will name the sequel?

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Super Saiyan Omicron

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best turtle
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6 months ago

accurate they all can destroy the world

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Omicron Goes Brrrr

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Marianne Saiso
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7 months ago

What's this from? I don't recognise it. Thx :)

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the child
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7 months ago

i've just stopped caring

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Paul C.
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7 months ago

Just stick a fork in me, I'm done!

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El muerto
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7 months ago

plans for 2022..hahaha...some people are just adorably naiv.

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