Soldiers and police patrol in Khayelitsha, South Africa, as authorities attempt to enforce a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus [Reuters/Mike Hutchings]

There is a sketch doing the rounds on Twitter: Two people standing in the centre of a hallway, back towards one another, each struggling to push a different door closed. On the right, a health worker in a hazmat suit closes the door on the coronavirus, while on the left a police officer in a medical mask pushes back a horde of people.

The romanticised implication is that in the space between COVID-19 and its potential victims, it is medics and security services who push back together to save lives.

A similar theory is at

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