Survival leads trump dance challenges as the war rages on

Forget about dancing and funny challenges of the moment. On TikTok, the war in Ukraine has changed the type of content that appears on the platform. For example, thanks to the social network, users can learn how to make a turnstile.

On TikTok, survival guides have replaced dance tutorials. The user @survival.doctors, who introduces himself as Dr. Teimojin Tan, has gone viral on the Chinese social network, and this time not because of a trend or a fashionable dance, but because of the war in Ukraine.

More precisely, the medic has gone viral thanks to a video showing the different steps of making a turnstile, which was a huge success on the platform. The 2-minute video has garnered 1.3 million views and nearly 400,000 “Likes” in just four days, despite the account having “only” 234,100 subscribers.

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In the video, Dr. Tan how to make a “makeshift tourniquet the right way” to stop the bleeding as quickly as possible “in light of what’s happening in Ukraine,” he says.

“Massive hemorrhages to the arms and legs are one of the most deadly and avoidable injuries you can have in a war zone,” he explains at the beginning of his video.

A real survival guide adapted to a situation where time is of the essence, says this professional. This type of content is different from the videos normally popular on the Chinese social network, but it is appreciated by many users of the platform.

Commentators have not hesitated to share their bewilderment at the horrific events of recent days in Europe: “I can’t believe I live in a time where I study this video just in case,” commented one user, who collected more than 25,000 “likes”. “I can’t believe we’re learning how to survive war in 2022. It’s 2022 and it’s war. omg,” commented another user.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Dr. Teimojin Tan at Gray Bruce Health Services in Ontario, Canada, and often offers videos on TikTok teaching reflexes to better respond to a life-threatening injury.

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