A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 13, 2020
“Crazy times we are living in. I used to cough to hide a fart. Now I fart to hide a cough”

Cough fart ... When someone coughs to hide a fart with devious intent” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on December 2, 2010.

The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak reversed this. “I remember the time when we used to cough to hide a fart. Now we fart to hide a cough” was posted on Twitter by Kenan on February 28, 2020. “I use to cough to hide a fart..Now I fart to hide a cough” was posted on Twitter by Djsoapytitwank on March 7, 2020. “Crazy times were living in. I used to cough to hide a fart now I fart to hide a cough” was posted on Facebook by Mikey Fressh on March 12, 2020.

“Cover up a fart” was used slightly earlier than “hide a fart.” “People used to cough to cover up a fart. Now they fart to cover up a cough!” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 1 December 2019, spreading to every province-level administrative division of the country by 29 January 2020. On 30 January, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following an increase in the number of cases outside China.

Urban Dictionary
Cough fart
When someone coughs and lets out a fart either accidentally or strategically at the same time.
When someone serendipitously farts while coughing and the cough masks the sound of the fart.
When someone coughs to hide a fart with devious intent.
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by SweetpeainSF December 02, 2010

Twitter
Kenan
@KenanJudoka
Replying to @TheRickWilson
I remember the time when we used to cough to hide a fart. Now we fart to hide a cough.
4:09 PM · Feb 28, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Djsoapytitwank
@DBJ1970
I use to cough to hide a fart..
Now I fart to hide a cough.
1:20 PM · Mar 7, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
$PAULVASCO
@Pvasco
So..I went from hide a fart coughing
to farting to hide a cough.. 
#covid—19 #coronavirus #COViD19
8:12 PM · Mar 7, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
$PAULVASCO
@Pvasco
Replying to @keet0007
I used to cough to hide a fart,
Now I fart to hide a cough… #COVIDー19
GIF
11:32 PM · Mar 7, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Alejandro (Ale) Berlin
@aleberlin2
How CoV-19 has changed the world?... well, some used to cough to hide a fart; very soon they’ll fart to hide a cough. #COVID19 #thoughtoftheday #HappySunday
9:16 AM · Mar 8, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Tomás Ó Cárthaigh
@tomasocarthaigh
“Before this coronavirus carry on in public people used to cough to hide a fart now they fart to hide a cough” - Sean Langan
#quoteoftheday #coronavirus
#COVID2019
6:11 PM · Mar 9, 2020 from Galway, Ireland·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Gary Spike OSullivan
@spike_osullivan
On a flight to #NYC when I used fly before, I use to cough to hide a fart! Now I’m farting to hide a cough Rolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughing #COVID19 #coronavirus
5:09 AM · Mar 11, 2020 from Fingal, Ireland·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Dustin Butler
@butler_dustin
Used to cough to hide a fart now you fart to hide a cough #COVD19
10:46 PM · Mar 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
snirot
@snirot
Used to cough to hide a fart now you fart to hide a cough. #coronavirus
12:25 AM · Mar 12, 2020·Twitter Web Client

Facebook
Mikey Fressh
March 12, 2020 at 10:40 AM ·
Crazy times were living in. I used to cough to hide a fart now I fart to hide a cough.

Twitter
TourGuideBARBIE
@GuideBarbie
Crazy times we live in..I used to cough to hide a fart and now I fart to hide a cough.
10:34 PM · Mar 12, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Alexis International fan
@Tsipras_int2
Before, we were coughing to hide a fart, now we are farting to hide a cough. #korona
5:19 AM · Mar 13, 2020·Twitter Web App

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