A woman sharing the reality of feeling sick in 2022 has left the internet in stitches this week.
Ally Waye from Queensland, Australia shared the video on TikTok on Sunday, where it has now received more than 6 million views and thousands of comments.
In the video, Waye looks at the camera as the text overlay reads: “What it’s like feeling sick in 2022.” She writes that she “best cover all bases” with an image of a COVID-19 lateral flow test and a home pregnancy test. In the next clip, she shows that both tests have come back positive—shared with the hashtag #plottwist.
Waye told Newsweek: “I tested positive at 23 weeks pregnant. I’d actually seen another video that was similar but the tests were both negative and I thought gee how funny that both of mine are positive—what a kick.
“I thought it would be a good laugh as I still had an old pregnancy test laying around, and honestly really explained the rubbishness that is 2020-2022.”
Laughing at the video, TikTok users flooded to the comments. “Congradudolences!” wrote one commenter, while another viewer said: “I’m sorry but this is comedy.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic led to shutdowns and stay-at-home orders in 2020, many people speculated a resulting “baby boom,” but a study undertaken by scientists at Bocconi University in Italy has found that birth rates actually declined in most high-income countries during the pandemic.
Looking at birth rates in 22 countries, including the U.S., they found that seven countries had a statistically significant drop in birth rates at the end of 2020 and early 2021. Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Portugal had the highest drops, while the U.S. saw a small decline in birth rates of 2.17 percent.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current 7-day average of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is 53,133. The CDC currently reports 54 counties, districts, or territories with a high COVID-19 community level, and 2,910 with a low level.
“She really said positive vibes only,” joked one commenter on the viral TikTok video. Meanwhile, other viewers shared similar stories. “I literally got pregnant while having COVID back in August,” said one commenter. While another wrote: “My pregnancy announcement had both of my positive tests on it too.”
Thankfully, Waye is feeling much better now after recovering from COVID and has enjoyed that the video has given others a laugh. “I’ve been surprised by how many women are having the experience of testing positive for both COVID and pregnancy on the same day,” she said.