I thought, simply, that people that rebel against lockdowns with doing the opposite were people with fragile self-esteem; if people tell me I must do something, I must do the opposite. But of course things are more complicated than that:
- They think they are invulnerable. “They aren’t following social distancing because they believe they won’t get sick, even though it could prevent more vulnerable people from becoming infected.”
- They won’t let a virus boss them around. “Exercising their defiance makes the virus seem smaller.”
- They think it’s not their problem. “People who live in communities where infection isn’t widespread or officials haven’t imposed lockdowns may be less willing to distance themselves from others.”
- They’re numbed by info overload. “When people’s media diets, social media feeds and conversations with loved ones consist of nothing but Covid-19, they may become desensitized to its severity.”
- They favor individual freedom over the good of society. ” The Western world, and the US in particular, has long prized individual freedoms — sometimes even over community benefit.”
- They’re lonely. “Human beings crave connection, and being denied social interaction for extended periods can sting.”
But on a very positive note, I think we all need xkcd’s Pathogen Resistance. And I’m enough of a pedant to have been bothered about having a bacteriophage as a narrator, until I found out that phages can be the – indirect – cause of some diseases in humans, even though they only attack bacteria.