SAVVY webcam girls are cashing in on the coronavirus scare thanks to bored – and randy – homeworkers.
While the fast-moving Covid-19 has already killed about 60 people across the US, porn stars are reporting a rise in their X-rated business.
One thrilled webcam girl, Kate Kennedy, told the New York Post: “It you’re trying to sell porn, having the entire country cooped up at home with nothing to do is kind of a dream scenario.”
Subscribers trapped at home because of self-isolation restrictions brought in to fight coronavirus are happily paying to watch the 25-year-old perform sex acts.
Lustful blokes are also seeing her fold laundry while naked – and even brush her teeth – at her Los Angeles home.
Kate told the NYP that she started on website OnlyFans a week ago, and has already racked up 100 subscribers, all of whom happily fork out a $10 monthly fee to see her in action.
Randy punters are also rewarding her saucy antics with tips.
These, alongside the subscription fees, have bumped up her weekly earnings to four figures – a sum she’d previously earned for a whole month’s slog.
It you’re trying to sell porn, having the entire country cooped up at home with nothing to do is kind of a dream scenario.
Kate said that she and fellow webcam girls “and content creators are doing business like crazy”.
Fellow porn star Joslyn Jane performs solo sex acts and shares X-rated activities with her partner for online viewers.
She told the publication that her earnings have shot up to $1,700 a week.
Joslyn, 29, said her line of work was “definitely taking fans’ minds off” the coronavirus pandemic.
Away from the webcam, other sex workers who perform in clubs are choosing health and safety over money, as they are worried about picking up the bug.
One pole dancer, Tyler Faith, said that she had canceled “quite a few appearances” and is staying clear of entertainment venues “to be safe in these times”.
The virus continues to seep out across America, with just one state – Virginia – yet to report any cases.
More than 2,900 cases of coronavirus and at least 57 deaths have been reported in the US, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
President Donald Trump – who yesterday tested negative for the bug – has extended a travel ban to Britain and Ireland to try to slow the virus's spread.
He said Americans should reconsider non-essential travel, and that his administration was also considering domestic travel restrictions.
The pandemic has forced public schools and sports events along with cultural and entertainment venues to lockdown across the US.
Panicking shoppers have picked grocery store shelves clear of products ranging from disinfectants and toilet paper to rice and milk.
On Saturday morning, about 500 people were lined up for two blocks outside a Costco in Garden Grove, California, waiting for the store to open.
Long lines of shoppers were reported outside food stores in other areas.
On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency in a move that he said would bring "the full power of the federal government" to bear on the escalating health crisis by freeing up some $50billion in aid.
He also urged every state to set up emergency centers to help fight the virus.
Early on Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a coronavirus aid package.
This provides free testing and paid sick leave, to try to limit the economic damage from the outbreak.
Economists say the impact of the pandemic on businesses could tip the US economy into recession.
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