Why are so many Americans still not taking COVID-19 seriously?

Anonymous
All over the internet I still see people saying things that make it clear they are not taking this disease seriously enough. They say it is no more dangerous than the flu, which is patently false, or they think there is some conspiracy or that the government and media have some interest in over-hyping the danger. Just the opposite is true.

The government and media are literally under-hyping coronavirus in the interest of controlling panic behavior. They are sharing just enough information to encourage people to behave responsibly but they are generally not sharing the realities that other countries are facing today, which are very grim indeed.

I strongly encourage people to inform themselves about what is happening in Italy and Spain right now because they are living the reality of what we in the US will be living in just a week or two. They are telling us to learn from their experience and do things differently than they did, and we need to listen to them or we will be in the midst of the worst case scenario next week or the week after.

Here is an informative read, with the most valuable part at the very end. If you read nothing else, be sure to read the part that begins with 'The Facebook Post', which is the full text of Crsitina Higgins’s Facebook post. It is the confirmed but unadulterated and uncontrolled reality of what is happening in Italy.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cristina-higgins-coronavirus-post/
Why are so many Americans still not taking COVID-19 seriously?
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