Column: Who’s to blame?

Column: Who’s to blame?

It seems as though every time I go to get my Coronavirus update, someone is blaming millennials for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

But I’m calling those people out right now, because if it wasn’t for the baby boomers I don’t think we would be where we are today.

Whether it be in print and online, with news outlets like the New York Post displaying tweets from random party goers and idiotic memes about being irresponsible, or on the nightly news broadcast with some incoherent spring breaker thinking they’re invincible. 

Even Donald Trump added “I see a lot of people just dismissing this thing, that this is ‘No worse than the flu, and I’m going to continue to live my life,’ especially these people the younger generations.”

Somewhere along the line millennials gained this reputation of being lazy, careless and self-obsessed; and while there is a fraction of those who do fall in that category, it is thoughtless to lump everyone in that age range into a cookie-cutter.

This is understandable due to the fact that people over 60 are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill than younger folks who don’t have underlying health conditions, but I sense that the younger generations are the ones that are displeased with the way that the baby boomer generation is handling this pandemic. 

If those in charge would have had a greater sense of urgency from the first warnings health officials administered, we could have expeditiously curved the infection rate.

I’m not saying that the younger generation hasn’t helped perpetuate the spread of the virus, but if you have actually been outside in the past couple weeks, most people that you see are a solid 40+ because that is the age range of the only people who can afford to be out shopping right now.

Also millennials probably wouldn’t be the ones on spring break, considering that the age group is  usually defined by those who were born between 1981 and 1996, and most of the people on spring break at this point are probably going to fall into Generation Z. 

Although it is clearly counter-productive to be out partying “in the name of spring break”, if you set clear concise guidelines prior to a mass breakout, there won’t be as big of an impact/ripple effect. 

I personally have had to beg my grandparents to stay in the house, and I when I finally do convince my family to let me shop for them, I see all types of parents and grandparents just out and about like nothing is wrong.

Don’t you want to see us all get married or start a family? Because I would like to have all of my family members present for as long as I can stall. One thing is for sure, the generational finger pointing has got to stop because we are in a race against time and every moment counts and you never know if you are going to be that person that contracts the virus.