39-Year-Old Who Mocked Coronavirus 'Panic' on Social Media: I've Contracted the Disease, and It's 'Kicking My A**'

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 10:15 AM

If younger generations fancy themselves uniquely and virtuously pro-science, now would be an excellent time to listen to scientists and health experts who are more or less begging Millennials and GenZers to do their part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus.  On consecutive days, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx -- the White House's top two medical point people on the pandemic -- made specific appeals to people under 40.  We've been doing the same, noting that youth is not an automatic shield against the virus, and urging people to get serious about social distancing and other mitigation measures.  Please listen to the authorities:

Over to you, spring breakers:

In fairness, this is self-selecting idiocy.  Only certain types of people go on spring break trips under these circumstances, and even fewer are willing to discuss their selfish recklessness on camera.  Many younger Americans are doing precisely what Fauci et al are advising.  And of course another big problem is convincing older Americans to take this seriously, which far too many have not been doing -- at least until very recently.  If you're in the demographic crosshairs of this disease, and you're muttering about "hoaxes" or whatever, I'm not sure I can help you.  Those would be the age-traitors in the generational 'war' the Wall Street Journal wrote about yesterday.   Plenty of young people appear to need reminders about how their conduct not only puts others at risk, but also, potentially themselves.  Here's an NBC News story rehearsing some of the examples I highlighted in this post, and then there's this guy:

He's not yet 40.  What had he been spending his time doing in recent weeks?  Mocking the media's "overreaction" to...Coronavirus.  Oops.  Don't be a moron, indeed.  Learn from other people's mistakes, whether on an individual or national level (these stats are from yesterday):

Remember this example about 'flattening the curve' within Italy, comparing two cities' divergent responses?  The locality that was slow to act has seen a spike in cases, and the results are now playing out in real time:

And since I've been blitzing you with plenty of bad news, including these worrisome projections, feel free to read this post for a more hopeful hypothesis from a respected epidemiologist .