Okay everyone, it’s time to sit your parents down and explain to them exactly what’s going on with coronavirus.
People across the globe are voluntarily in quarantine as a response to Covid-19, but younger generations are concerned for older generations’ safety, specifically their parents. As of March 20th, known cases of Covid-19 in the United States have surpassed 15,000. However, people have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter to express frustration over their parents and grandparents not taking the virus seriously, and not practicing the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation of social distancing.
I need a support group for people worried about their parents who WONT DO WHAT THEY’RE TOLD https://t.co/svc9DcH6FeRead More— James Longman (@JamesAALongman) March 17, 2020
Younger generations’ concern is valid. Despite a March 18th report from the CDC which revealed that 40% of hospitalized patients were between 20 to 54 years old, the risk of covid-19 being fatal is significantly higher among individuals 65 years or older if exposed. Additionally, individuals with compromised immune systems face an even greater health risk as opposed to others.
So what have YOU been doing to try to convince your boomer parent that yes they may feel no older than 45, but no, really, this advice to stay home really does apply to them too and now maybe isn't the time to go shopping for a new coffee table?
— Caroline Criado Perez (@CCriadoPerez) March 17, 2020
So, Here’s How To Talk To Your Parents About Covid-19
- Lay down the facts
- Make it an educational converation
- Share stories of those impacted by covid-19
- Most importantly, don’t be condescending