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The Attitudes Of These British And American People To Covid-19 Is Terrifying

The Attitudes Of These British And American People To Covid-19 Is Terrifying

While different governments have adopted different strategies to deal with the threat of Covid-19, Boris Johnson's administration have recently changed theirs.

After being warned eight weeks ago about the dangers of coronavirus, scientists advising British ministers appeared to believe the coronavirus could be treated like influenza.

Terms like a “controlled epidemic” which would generate “herd immunity” that would help protect the most vulnerable against the infection were pursued.

This policy changed on Monday when Johnson announced a new strategy - developed from Imperial College London - which demonstrated the need for more draconian measures to be pursued in a bid to reduce the projected death toll from 260,000 to about 20,000.

Taking this into account, it's understandable if certain people living in the UK might not be overly familiar with the official strategy that the UK government is pursuing.

However, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic on March 11 - five days before the UK adopted their new policy.

As for the United States, Trump has been wildly erratic on the issue - take a look at the video below for evidence of that.

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However, you could argue that this climate of indecision and inaction is reflected in the attitude of certain people living in Britain and the US.

ABC News ventured down to Miami to interview some people during Spring Break. The topic was coronavirus and how the restrictive measures have impacted their festivities.

"If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying," said a gentleman named Brady Sluder.

Brianna Leeder said that the measures taken are being blow "way out of proportion," while Atlantis Walker believes that "this virus ain't that serious."

Granted, this is only a very select bunch of people but this reckless attitude was reflected by some gym users in Wolverhampton, England, as documented by Channel 4.

Granted, we're very aware that you can find people saying misinformed remarks in any place in the world, but these are remarkable given the global coverage of the pandemic.

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Take a look at both clips below.

Here's the footage that was captured by Channel 4.

As you can see below, one gentleman says: "Everyone's gonna get it, it's just one of those things, you've just got to take it on the chin."

For anyone that might be unaware, that's not the correct attitude to take.

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Information from the Department of Health about self isolation and proper procedure can be found here.

Ass for Trump's stance and policies on coronavirus, this video is pretty self-explanatory.

Paul Moore

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