California man who licked toilet bowl for 'coronavirus challenge' hospitalized after testing positive
Larz from California revealed in his now-deleted tweet that he tested positive for COVID-19 days after revolting TikTok challenge
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: A 21-year-old Californian man, who licked a toilet bowl as part of a revolting TikTok challenge, has been admitted to a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. The man who goes by the name 'Larz' reportedly confirmed the news through his now-suspended Twitter account, where he wrote, “I have been tested positive for coronavirus."
Twitter user @PardesSeleh shared the original tweet of Larz as well as him taking part in the absurd challenge with the caption: “A kid who licked toilets as part of the #CoronaVirusChallenge says he's now in the hospital with coronavirus.”
A few days ago, Larz posted a video of himself licking a toilet seat, captioning it: “RT (retweet) to spread awareness for the Coronavirus.” The video was reportedly an imitation of a shocking stunt pulled by TikTok sensation Ava Louise.
Louise had posted a video of herself licking the toilet seat on a plane with the caption “coronavirus challenge”. The social media star was traveling to Miami when she did the bizarre act during these hard times when research reports warn that the new coronavirus can live for three days on surfaces like plastic and steel.
However, the new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also suggests that the risk of consumers getting infected from touching those materials is still low.
Louise posted the video on Twitter as she said: “Please [repost] this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane.”
Meanwhile, UK morning TV presenter, Piers Morgan called Larz 'scum' and said that he tested positive for the virus because of his 'karma.' He added: “Karma is a strange thing. If you behave in such a reckless, moronic, selfless manner, karma will catch up with you. I don't take any pleasure, I don't wish illness on people, but this has got to stop. These acts of reckless stupidity. That guy who licked the toilet bowl, did he infect anyone else?”
The latest news comes amid a worrying environment in which similar weird incidents are being reported from across the US, with younger generations using social media to mock the pandemic and gain popularity.
Recently, a Missouri man was charged with making a "terrorist threat" after he filmed himself licking a row of toiletries at a Walmart store. The man identified as Cody Pfister ran his tongue on the toiletries on the shelf of the supermarket while looking at the camera and asking "who's scared of coronavirus?"
The caption tagged with the video says: “I’m a nasty moths f***er.”
He has also been charged with "knowingly causing a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed" after Warrenton police received complaints from across the world including the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Morgan also slammed Pfister for his disgusting act while demanding a jail term for the "moron", saying it might help "concentrate his mind." ‘The Good Morning Britain’ host also said that the man should not be provided with healthcare if he contracts coronavirus.