We are living in a strange new world right now. We are coming to grips with the sort of global crisis that will test the very infrastructure of our nation-state model. On top of that, we have been in the midst of a long shift into an entertainment-based economy – the first of its kind in the history of homo sapiens.
This is all due to our ingenuity as a species. We conquered enough of the planet’s challenges to afford ourselves a lifestyle in which we have disposable income and taste.
Of course, having screens everywhere in order to stream this entertainment into our faceholes hasn’t been as helpful as it could be during our COVID-19 scare, namely on account of the millennials who continue to refuse to take the threat seriously.
That’s why Surgeon General Jerome Adams is calling on folks like Kylie Jenner and other social media “influencers”.
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has asked celebrity influencers like Kylie Jenner and NBA star Kevin Durant to tell their millions of young followers to heed the federal government’s coronavirus warnings by practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.
Adams’ plea follows recent media reports showing hordes of young people partying in South Florida in defiance of national guidelines. Their careless behavior has sparked condemnation from state and local officials who are now working to close beaches and impose further public restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Adams was dead serious.
“We need to get our social media influencers out there and helping folks understand that, look, this is serious. This is absolutely serious. People are dying,” Dr. Adam said Thursday. He added that new data from Italy show that younger people may be at higher risk than originally thought.
“But think about your grandmother, think about your grandfather, think about the fact you’re spreading a disease which could ultimately be what kills them.”
Now we just need to hope and pray that the children are listening.