Footage of a man accidentally spitting a gob full of beer and saliva across a table while shouting to his mate in a pub has sparked a fierce debate about coronavirus.
In the clip, filmed discretely by another customer in Manchester, a pair of men are chatting over a couple of pints.
Unfortunately, the man on the left keeps spitting as he talks.
The light from the window clearly shows the spray of spittle flying an impressive distance over the table and, presumably, towards the man he was chatting with.
Lee Newton shared the video on Twitter with the caption: "This is Covid."
The video has since been watched more than 2.8 million on Twitter, with most viewers horrified by the sheer volume of saliva erupting from the pub-goer's mouth.
One bewildered viewer commented: "What the f***! I couldn’t make that much mess if I spat out a pint of water."
A second wrote: "I feel for the individual sat opposite being sprayed by this saliva volcano."
"Topping his pint up," quipped another viewer.
Someone else appealed for people to be less judgemental and said the man might not know he was doing or have a medical condition.
They wrote: "It’s sad that y’all don’t know that some old people have a condition that causes them to not be able to hold in their spit and most of them don’t even know they’re spitting."
Another person wrote: "I hope y’all understand that we all literally do this, obviously much much less than this man, but we all do this. So please…wear a mask."
Hypersalivation, a condition caused by disease or as a side effect to medicines, can lead to drooling and excessive spitting.
Boris Johnson has announced a 10pm curfew for pubs in the hope of curbing a second wave of coronavirus infections this winter.
The Prime Minister said the new rule will come into effect on Thursday, September 24.
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