Originally Posted by Persephone The Dread
A lot of Americans think the virus is a hoax and aren't taking it seriously for political reasons,
I know right. I've tried unsuccessfully to do my part of health promotion on different forums....but it often feels pointless.
How are you supposed to educate a people on public health safety, when they equate even the slightest form of conformity (ie facemask and social distancing) as an imminent threat of communism..?
I often get comments like: "my first amendment rights" or "my second amendment rights" or "I would rather die than live like a slave"
But my personal favourite is when people get defensive and say "we do things in the USA how we want...and basically some form of **** any foreigner's opinion"
Fine. You can take that stance if we are talking about gun culture, or local crime rates. But not when discussing the pandemic. Failure to contain the virus in such a large nation like the USA *does* affect the rest of us. To suggest that your flippant attitude towards the virus is not my concern ...when your carelessness can infect me and my family is the height of selfishness !
Taking advice from others doesn't make your nation weak. If another country is further in vaccine trials ... doesn't mean you have to discredit them.
Sometimes if people would rather die than be proven wrong.
Personally, I would rather live and learn.