The majority of the world has got the message: COVID-19 is not a drill.
Terrible news fills our every waking minute and we are all dealing with ever-changing social distancing laws that dictate what we can and can’t do in our home states.
Most people I observe seem to be adhering to them too. We are all gingerly standing on those taped floor crosses in queues at the shops and are overly careful not to get too close to anyone on the street.
Side note: Celebrities are getting creative in isolation. Post continues below.
Yet an article published on The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday about ‘virus vigilantes’ who film, report and shout at their neighbours for flouting social distancing rules, shows that not everyone feels the same.
I understand why people are on edge and I have noticed a slight change in attitudes in my suburb too.
The usual light-hearted and friendly banter at our local café has been replaced with brief pleasantries, as locals look at their phones and keep well away from each other.
I haven’t yet heard of anyone I know being ‘dobbed in’ by so-called virus vigilantes, but I am sure it just a matter of time as the fear around COVID-19 intensifies.
On my Facebook feed though, this fear and the accompanying judgement of others seems to be getting worse by the day.
There are posts about mums being ‘dumb’ for daring to take their kids shopping.
Posts about the ‘idiots’ who disregard the health of their fellow man by stopping to sit on a bench halfway through a walk.
And posts that condemn anyone who dares to complain about just being asked to ‘stay the f*ck home’ and sit on our sofas and watch Netflix.
Every time I read one of these posts or articles shaming some nameless ‘idiot’ for doing something foolish, I cringe.
I cringe because I have been all of these idiots at some point over the last month and I am sorry.
I also cringe because I am uncomfortable with the judgemental witch-hunt directed at families (often mums) who are undoubtedly having a hard time trying to work, entertain the kids, stay strong AND do the right thing at all times.