Hey millennials! Stop downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19.
Recently, spring-breakers crowded the beaches in Miami completely going against the CDC’s advice to limit close interactions through social distancing. Many of the young people believe that the measures that the U.S. are taking against the virus are “too drastic.” According to Patch.com, there are now measures in place to shut down the spring break activities for the remainder of the year, including beach closures, curfews, and closing restaurants and bars early.
Some celebs feel this way, too. Actress Vanessa Hudgens took to Instagram Live earlier this week and shrugged off the seriousness of the coronavirus stating, “Til July sounds like a bunch of bulls**t. I’m sorry. But like, it’s a virus. I get it. Like, I respect it, but at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it… like, yea, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like inevitable.” This comment was in response to Trump stating the virus could potentially have a deadly impact on Americans until the summer.
Hudgens response obviously caused outrage leading to many people calling her out on Twitter for not only being insensitive to the situation but being a bad role model for young people that look up to the 31-year-old. She eventually apologized for it on Instagram Stories stating, “Hey guys. So yesterday I did an Instagram Live and I realized today that some of my comments are being taken out of context. It’s a crazy time. It’s a crazy, crazy time, and I am at home and I am in lockdown, and that’s what I hope you guys are doing too, in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside, y’all.”
I’m not sure young people are actually taking this as seriously as they should be. Just because we may not become as ill as our older counterparts doesn’t mean we can’t catch it. If anything we might be helping spread the virus. According to experts there have been more and more cases of young people testing positive for COVID-19. Recent reports say that among the new cases, 20 percent are from adults age 20-44.
Please make sure that you guys abide by the CDC’s advice of social distancing and self-quarantine because this coronavirus is serious. The quicker we abide by the rules the faster our lives can go back to normal.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep