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As Coronavirus Lurks, Millennials Better Drop the 'Me Me Me'

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We’re at war, and it’s not the kind we’ve been preparing for since kindergarten. The enemy of course is the coronavirus, and the means to achieve victory is social distancing – probably for many more months.

But until the new restrictions went into effect, in my neighborhood in central Tel Aviv people continued to walk around outdoors as usual; young people walked along the beach promenade in groups or went sunbathing; the café below my apartment was still bustling. And one neighbor, a guy in his 20s with curly hair and a brilliant smile, said to me in the stairwell with total youthful confidence: “I’m not afraid of catching the coronavirus. I’m young, I’m healthy, everything’s fine.”

Despite the heavy responsibility borne by each of us, it seems that many people – mainly the young – are still living in denial, having a hard time seeing the reality beyond their narrow point of view.


© Haaretz