We’ve all seen the pictures of the young crowd in Florida dancing on the beach, celebrating Spring Break. Reporters who talked with them were told to get lost. “It’s my life, and I get to decide what I want to do with it.”
The parent in me wants to cancel phones and credit cards, and to drag that collective bunch off the beach by the ear.
News says there is a college student in Kentucky who returned from Spring Break, and has tested positive.
What?! Young adults with still developing prefrontal cortexes and bad risk assessment make poor choices? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. Major failing on the part of the elected leaders to close beaches earlier.
I have friends in several places with SAH orders - whose kids are being wilfully clueless. Refusing to understand that “no public or private gatherings” means “don’t hang out with friends even if you ARE 6 feet away”, “We can rent a beach house and quarantine there just as well as at home, right?” etc.
For the sake of the many, many people who’d be adversely affected, I hope to heaven this isn’t your personal approach to this crisis (and yes, it’s a crisis) for yourself and your family. And it’s not, right? You’re not letting your kids get together with other kids to “blow off steam,” correct? Because while your kids and their friends may not show symptoms of COVID-19, they’d be passing it along to others who’d get sick.
We all have to make sacrifices these days for the good of our fellow Americans.