Before standstills hit the globe and many were asked – or instructed – to stay inside to prevent the spread of the corona virus, Divya Sonti felt the worst was yet to come.
The 31-year-old, a public health specialist, encouraged her millennial colleagues to stay away from bars and parties – but says, "Friends would think I would overreact."
Your age group is considered low-risk if you become infected with coronavirus. However, authorities today warn that younger generations are likely to be the cause of asymptomatic cases and could easily infect older or immunocompromised people.
Deborah Birx, the coronavirus administrator of the White House Task Force, said "the millennial generation" could include many more virus carriers than previously thought.
She also said that COVID-19 – which infected at least 210,000 people and killed more than 8,800 people worldwide – could hit younger people more than expected, and reports from France and Italy reported serious cases even among 20 and 30 year olds Took note.
"We need them to be healthy," said Birx. "I'm not just asking you to follow the instructions, but really to make sure that each of you is protecting each other."
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Donald Trump also pointed to young people and said, "We don't want them to gather. And I can see them gathering, even on beaches and in restaurants."
"Young people – they don't know they feel invincible," said the 73-year-old President of the United States, who has reported more than 9,300 cases with 150 deaths so far, according to a Johns Hopkins University.
"Millennial" is often used as a collective term for all young people, although the Pew Research Center defines it as those born between 1981 and 1996.
The approximately 24-year-olds are considered to be members of Generation Z – the group most likely to fly south for spring beach breaks.
The Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, warned of the virus "devastating consequences" and ordered the bars and gyms to be closed this week. He told Springbreakers: "You have to think of the person next to you and even the person you are not attracting." I dont know. "
Shelly Hill, a 21-year-old university student, told AFP that she had canceled her Miami trip as an airline.
"I'm not really afraid of corona, but I feel that it causes a lot of problems … a lot of things are turned off," said the Atlanta resident.
But "people have to be safe and quarantined because they spread very quickly."
"Stupid and privileged"
According to Jean Twenge, professor of psychology and author of "Generation Me", a streak of individualism runs through today's society that stands out most among young people.
Individualism has led to more equality and less prejudice – along with a careless attitude towards rules and less trust in institutions, including science.
"We all have to recognize that we have to change our minds," she told AFP.
"It could be a special challenge for a generation that has never experienced a culture that needs to be more collectivist for really good reasons."
Celebrities like 18-year-old Billie Eilish and 26-year-old Ariana Grande have urged people to heed the warnings from COVID-19.
"The attitude" we will be fine because we are young "puts people who are not young and / or healthy at great risk," wrote Grande recently. "You sound stupid and privileged and you have to take care of others more."
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Nate Christensen has been at home with his partner in New York for a week, where schools have been closed and meetings have been banned.
The 30-year-old nursing student compared attitudes to the corona virus with those of climate change: "I think it is difficult for people to take something seriously that is not right in their backyard."
When America's most populous city started closing the weekend at the weekend, Christensen said he had "seen many social media millennials isolating themselves – but many still went to the gym and went on dates."
"Ultimately, I don't blame people for continuing to live normal lives," he criticized the mayor of the city and the governor of New York, "because they didn't act earlier to shut down public life."
He said the strength of his generation was the skillful use of social media to spread risk awareness for coronaviruses – although he said that some people in his feeds, especially Trump supporters, still advertise an "invincible approach".
"Anyone who has seen what is happening in Italy but still believes that this country will deal with the virus like every flu season will surely live in a fever dream of the" American emergency, "" said Christensen.
"The virus will show how not great this country really is."
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