Research shows that young people, in particular young men, are the least likely to take seriously the whole concept of COVID-19. We have all seen news coverage of crowded Spring Break beaches in Florida, as well as college kids ignoring restrictions and gathering to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
That young people can be rebellious is not news, I suspect most of us when were once young may have done the occasional stupid thing. Hopefully, it was nothing that caused any lasting damage.
Even during times of war, young men, those with the most to lose, were the most eager to get to the fighting. Countless stories of the World Wars relate tales of men in their late teens and twenties joking about going overseas.
I have a hunch that for many of those men, the bravado they expressed prior to departing for war was stifled upon their return. Having experienced the real thing’ the humourous side of things was lost.
But there is a significant difference between laughing in the face of potential personal danger, and blatantly ignoring public health precautions: you can’t give someone else war. You certainly can spread COVID19.
The cocky young men who gave the impression they were looking forward to going to war faced a situation in which only they could be injured or worse. Those who flout the COVID19 social distancing stipulations put not only themselves at risk, but those with whom they come into contact.
For Christ’s sake grow up!