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Entry from March 30, 2020
Coveard (COVID-19/coronavirus + beard)

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic caused many people to quarantine, and many men grew beards, called “coveard” (COVID-19/coronavirus + beard).

“I’ve started growing my #coveard - my social distancing beard. A scary looking, scraggly beard will help people keep their distance right?” was posted on Twitter by Matt MacDonald on Marc 16, 2020. “On Day 6 of my COVID beard, a/k/a my #coveard” was posted on Twitter by John B. O’Keefe on March 17, 2020. “Spread the #COVeard word” was posted on Twitter by Jonathan not Johnathan on March 19, 2020.

“Isobeard” (isolation + beard) is a similar term.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Twitter
Matt MacDonald
@neocMatt
I’ve started growing my #coveard - my social distancing beard. A scary looking, scraggly beard will help people keep their distance right?
12:56 PM · Mar 16, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
John B. O’Keefe
@johnbokeefe
On Day 6 of my COVID beard, a/k/a my #coveard. Sorry
@Gillette; I know this has already been a wicked hard day.
2:42 PM · Mar 17, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Luc
@ibeluc
Me too #COVeard
Quote Tweet
Jonathan not Johnathan
@JonathanLippold
· Mar 19
Some personal news - I’m letting me beard grow out because fuck it
7:24 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jonathan not Johnathan
@JonathanLippold
Replying to @ibeluc
Oh, now it’s a solidarity thing
Spread the #COVeard word
7:36 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Luc
@ibeluc
Replying to @JimCarrey
#COVeard unite!
6:09 PM · Mar 25, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Captain Phil (not a real captain)
@Shuffledog
Behold the dubious majesty of the COVeard!
Friends know I’m historically incapable of growing a proper beard or moustache but since we’re on lockdown I was curious to see how bad it is now. This is from not… https://instagram.com/p/B-Mp5YSpsbp/?igshid=1ur3x1v86douu
8:59 AM · Mar 26, 2020·Instagram

Twitter
Graeme Bunton
@graemebunton
Current top contender for “best portmanteau describing this awful facial hair I am letting go wild while in quarantine” is #Coveard.  Can we do better?
#COVID2019 #coronavirus
11:16 AM · Mar 26, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Karl Morton
@KarlMorton122
Show me your #CoVeard #Covid19Beard
12:10 AM · Mar 29, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Joe Chapa
@JosephOChapa
Replying to @AdHaque110
Oh man. I hadn’t even thought of this threat when I started growing my quaranteard.
Wait. No.
COVEARD.
1:58 PM · Mar 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Doug Ledbetter
@dougledbetter
Oh no - maybe I should shave off my #coveard
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Karen Swallow Prior (Notorious KSP)
@KSPrior
· 1h
A history of beards and pandemics, from the 1918 Spanish flu to coronavirus. - Vox https://vox.com/the-goods/2020/3/30/21195447/beard-pandemic-coronavirus-masks-1918-spanish-flu-tuberculosis
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4:08 PM · Mar 30, 2020·Twitter Web App

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