Is there anyone in your circle who, in the last few weeks, has been bumping his arm in confrontation moments and then laughing when you refuse a handshake, fearing the Covid-19 virus?
Maybe someone who breaks into your 2-meter social distance with a bravery proudly declares that they are swimming in the winter mornings and that they are “not caught by any covidi or other bacilli”?
Do you know someone who has been repeatedly talking about the fact that large quantities of toilet paper and buckwheat at home “are a stinging slut at all and do not hurt the farm anyway”?
You may also have received emails from a friend with links to a variety of sources that tell you the “whole truth” about the coronavirus, Bill Gaits’ insatiable and malicious desire to “chip” and vaccinate people, and other conspiracies.
The Internet community, in all its harshness, has come up with a new name to denote the type of people mentioned above and divide it into several groups.
“Immune” security overrides
According to the popular slang dictionary on the Internet, covidiots in this category are largely aware of Covid-19’s advanced security measures, such as limited gathering and social distance, but stubbornly refuse to follow them.
In practice, this attitude manifests itself as “gliding” through narrow shop windows, leaning in other people’s private area, rubbing clothes.
Often these people do not have disposable gloves easily peeled off the stand at the entrance to the store, nor have they tried to use the free bottle of disinfectant that was placed right there.
Since the 2m markings appeared on Latvian retail outlets, stories have also been found on social networks of someone trying to spit in the middle of two people standing in a row, thus lining up in the queue and saying that they do not know anything about the 2m distance.
These people pride themselves on your refusal to shake hands or “behave normally due to a virus”.
Unfortunately, there is an even more severe sub-category – those who, despite the symptoms of Covid-19, are aware of what is happening in the country and the world anyway, because “who else will work?”
An example of collective “covidiotism”:
Opportunists, buckwheat and toilet paper buyers
There is a small chance that the rather well-documented phenomenon of the buyout of buckwheat and toilet paper after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic will become the historical mini-shame of our nation.
Everyone will know what it was, but pretend not to know, to justify being pressured at the time, or not to talk about it at all.
Many of us will have lived near these shops and seen long queues of people, empty shelves of household and goods and buckwheat, and have seen the stores, in the next few days, without any hassle and without the slightest worry of a deficit, shopping shelves.
It has to be said, however, that toilet paper and long-lived foods have been bought out in many other parts of the world, so we are not alone. Those who allowed themselves into this panic are then placed in the second category.
There is, however, a particular condemnation of those panic-inspired consumers who, for example in the case of protective masks, have tried to do so with the idea of subsequently selling at a higher price.
An example of panic shopping from abroad:
Witty Panic Shoppers:
Alternative Panic Shopping Trends From The US – Queue At The Arms Store:
Conspirators, preachers of the default truth
With the broadening of the definition of the word “covidiots” on Urbandictionary.com, the third category now includes those who have given in to content’s interesting but unconfirmed conspiracy theory and the allure of fake news.
Since the beginning of March, many of us have received emails or other correspondence from acquaintances who, in our opinion, are selflessly trying to preach what most do not know or ignore – what “all of us are hiding from big companies and national governments “.
Conspiracy theories and fake news about Covid-19’s true origins and circumstances are spreading no slower than the virus itself, and like most fake news stories on public topics, divide us into two parts:
those who, in principle, refuse to pay attention to suspicious sources, misleading, unverified or already completely discredited information;
those who are convinced that they have either been exposed to the truth or at least shown the right way of thinking.
Needless to say, spreading fake news at a time when the general public is panicky is also a serious harm.
Current Covid-19 statistics in Latvia
The new coronavirus Covid-19 disease was confirmed last day (March 23) in 17 more people, resulting in a total of 197 people in the country, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPCC).
During the previous day, 692 investigations were conducted on persons suspected of having Covid-19, while so far in Latvia a total of 6806 investigations were conducted on persons suspected of Covid-19.
It has already been reported that from March 13 to April 14, a state of emergency has been declared in Latvia in relation to the Covid-19 virus, during which time a series of restrictive measures have been introduced to limit the spread of the virus.