Undoubtedly, most of you have seen this photo of college students partying on spring break smack dab in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. This happened about the time that entire states issued “stay at home” mandates and shut down entire sectors of our economy. The main reason that students maintained their spring break plans was because coronavirus mainly affects older individuals with compromised immune systems. In other words, even if they got the virus, it would feel like the flu.
However, the problem is that these spring breakers come from all over the country. They run the risk of getting the virus, and with no side effects for 14 days, they return to their towns and pass on this virus to others. This contributes to an exponential spread of the virus. Some of those recipients would undoubtedly include some of the most vulnerable in our society. This behavior adds to the risk of infection and death. The following chart displays the importance of social distancing:
Joe’s Perspective: I get it. I was once young once. I went on spring break 3 of my 4 years in college. I also understand the concept of immortality – the belief that nothing can hurt me. I am not even sure that coronavirus is as bad as some are forecasting. However, I understand that smarter people than myself have more knowledge and facts than I do. I respect their authority and their expertise. I am doing my small part to social distance and to stay at home. This is my role and it is your role too.
It doesn’t matter your risk to the virus or your age. At this point, we all have a responsibility to our fellow man and to our society. Our personal opinions cannot supersede this societal responsibility. After all, the government is just asking you to stay at home to defeat this virus. Previous generations went off to war. Previous generations watched loved ones die in their arms with no medical intervention. Previous generations had to ration resources. And trust me, the Great Depression was much much worse and lasted much much longer. The following post on Facebook put things in perspective for me, and maybe it will for you:
Your Turn: In this era of the coronavirus, what is your role and how serious are you taking your civic responsibility?