With coronavirus cases spiking in most states that have eased restrictions (South Carolina being no exception), most of the blame has fallen on people between fifteen and thirty. This is not the first time Gen-Z and Millennials have had to take the brunt of the blame in general, whether it be for killing the diamond industry or not purchasing large houses, or houses in general (mostly because of crippling student loan debt).
I’ll admit, lots of young adults are being reckless during this pandemic, such as the students in Alabama who threw a party to see who among them could catch COVID first. Most twenty-somethings (and younger) are of the mindset that, while they might get sick, it probably won’t be that bad and they definitely won’t die because they’re young and healthy. Neither of these things are true, really (their risk of dying is lower, sure, but many hospitals are reporting that a large amount of their COVID-related hospitalizations are people under the age of thirty). I can’t really excuse that perspective, but I can say that a lot of younger people are handling various restrictions better or more responsibly than their older counterparts.
Many cities and even states have instituted mask mandates for public places. While a lot of younger people wear their mask without verbal complaint, at least, the same cannot be said for older people. For every instance of Millennials and Gen-Z violating social distancing protocols, there is a video of someone between their 40s and 60s acting like toddlers for being asked to at least adhere to basic safety guidelines. Whether it be yelling at a retail employee who asks them to wear a mask because they are required to or coughing in the face of a customer who asks that, if they are not wearing a mask, could they at least stand six feet away.
Young people could absolutely be doing better at stopping the spread of coronavirus. However, to put all of the blame on them negates the fact that older people should all be ensuring they’re doing their own part, too.