The sneeze takes on a whole new context in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

The sneeze takes on a whole new context in 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

Just very rude.

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By Kellen Beck2020-03-25 21:03:12 UTC

While isolating yourself from the comfort of your home, you have probably played Animal Crossing: New Horizons to relax and distract yourself from the coronavirus outbreak.

Maybe you catch some fish or bugs, walking around the slender little island you call home. Maybe you ran into a neighbor and they chat. Maybe someone sees you and calls out your name, runs toward you, and then sneezes in your face.

We don’t seem to be able to avoid the pain even with Animal Crossing.

So why is this happening? During the game, different villagers will randomly go up to players to teach them about new expressions. Sometimes they will make a laugh, a shocked face, or sometimes they will share something with you. After they show it to you, you can do it to yourself whenever you want.

Under normal circumstances, sneezing on Animal Crossing would be another funny little interaction, but in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak it had a whole different connection to it.

I was sneezed at the game a few days ago and have since snapped guests on my island as a little joke. It’s harmless sneezing, after all.

Other players used a sneeze reaction to sniffing each other, but not everyone felt as comfortable about it.

If you turn around and sneeze at your neighbors animals, they will react with a mild shock but that’s about it. Fortunately, the virus is not really present in the game, but your neighbors can still get sick from time to time and can be cured of a drug bag.

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