True to their theme of being ‘young and wild and free’, a good chunk of the youth has dismissed the COVID-19 crisis as an afterthought. It isn’t uncommon to hear the usual assurance from 20-somethings that there’s nothing to be worried about, since the virus only affects a specific group of the population.
In hindsight, the lax approach is understandable: the majority of the outbreak’s casualties are either the elderly or those with underlying illnesses. Individuals aged 80 and above make up 21% of all deaths, while the fatality rate for carriers without any pre-existing medical conditions is only at 0.9%
Italy, which has the highest number of casualties outside of China, also has the oldest population in Europe, with 23% aged 65 or older.
But while most of the youth, including myself, are spared from the burden of advanced age or diseases, those around us aren’t so lucky. Getting sick with COVID-19 might not be fatal for us, but what about our parents? Or our lovely grandma? Or that random old lady you meet on the bus?
Just because we’re not vulnerable, doesn’t mean we can’t pass the virus to those who are. To treat the COVID-19 crisis with nonchalance is a callous mindset that sees the elderly and the sick as expendable.
some of y’all are really telling on yourselves.
“there’s no need to be worried about COVID-19, because only some of the most vulnerable people in our population die from it.”
that’s what you sound like every time you quote stats about the impact on old and sick people.
— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) March 1, 2020
Even if we’re perfectly healthy, let’s still do the basics: wash our hands, drink lots of water and stay away from pvblic places in the meantime. Besides, virus or no virus, 2 out of these 3 are the basics of proper personal hygiene.
If anything else, the COVID-19 crisis is a check-up on our ability to empathize. You’re not gonna die anytime soon? Congrats. Now, let’s make sure we don’t spread COVID-19 to those who might.