As Malaysia goes into lockdown and people in Singapore queue for hours at grocery stores, some people around the world just can’t help but defy hard-learned lessons and health advice.
No, these aren’t the ones who forgot to wash their hands. These people are too good even for The Darwin Awards. They make the Darwin Awards look weak. Take a look at the most irresponsible people in the time of COVID-19.
This girl who licked a plane toilet bowl
Starting off our list is someone who probably wasn’t raised right–since she licked a toilet bowl to get famous. That isn’t right even on a normal day!
Ava Louise, a 22-year-old American influencer, can be seen licking what is obviously a plane toilet seat in a TikTok video. TikTok is a video sharing app that lets users share short clips taken with their phones to other users.
Why did she do it? She said it was to make people aware of hygiene and safety on planes. But she also tried to make it go viral, by using the “coronavirus challenge” text in her video.
American citizens have called for her arrest.
Some Australian Christians
Meanwhile, in Australia just this past weekend, an enormous Christian event called the Hillsong Colour Church Conference was held at an event space that could seat 3,300. This was just before Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more would go into effect on March 16.
Some critics of PM Morrison’s decision said that the ban was allegedly put in place on March 16 instead of the weekend before, in consideration of the event which targeted Christian women.
Morrison is a devout Christian and an evangelist.
Church services also continued all throughout the same weekend.
It would be prudent to point out at this point in the story that Singapore’s largest cluster of infections comes from two churches.
British Stereophonic fans
Stereophonics, a Welsh rock band, still pushed through with their planned concert, despite many calls to cancel the event.
The Shanghaiist mentioned that Chinese people, especially netizens from Wuhan, were astounded at how Brits were defying World Health Organization advice about large gatherings and social distancing.
This huge UK gathering with thousands of people has been slammed left and right, but fans have been adamant in defending their concert as schools, gyms, and bars have yet to shut down in Britain despite the rising number of novel coronavirus cases.
Britain has 1,950 cases as of publishing, but a BBC report said that the real number could be as high as 35,000.
One by one, different states in the US have begun to go under lockdown as health officials try to keep people from spreading COVID-19.
In a report by TIME magazine, people still went out to drink and party, as bars hosted “last night” events in view of St. Patrick’s Day and the upcoming lockdowns.
St. Patrick’s Day is usually one of the most lucrative nights for bars and party spots throughout various cities.
Despite recording more than 4,000 cases and 75 deaths, people are less than alarmed about the rising number of infections, even as the WHO has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic.
While frontline medical workers are literally sacrificing their lives in fighting COVID-19, there are some people who you know are going to end up taxing all the healthcare systems needlessly.
If you want to help medical workers, immuno-compromised people and other vulnerable groups during this time, please stay at home, wash your hands, and refrain from hoarding essential goods and medical supplies.