Don’t Be A ‘Covidiot’: Social Distancing Rebels Shamed Online With Mixed Results

(CBS Local) — Most people appear to be following public health recommendations on social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but not everyone is listening. In recent weeks, officials in cities nationwide have struggled to rein in youthful partiers, who are largely ignoring the dangers of an ongoing pandemic in favor of having a good time. But these rebels should be warned: ignoring the call for social distancing is also leading to public shaming.

A “coronavirus party” in Kentucky is the latest instance of young people openly defying federal health guidelines intended to slow the spread of the virus. One of the people in their 20s who attended the party has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are battling for the health and even the lives of our parents and our grandparents,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Don’t be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that.”

Some social media users have resorted to online shaming in an effort to convince others to abide by social distancing measures.

#COVIDIOTS was trending on Twitter this week, with users sharing memes and posting photos of people ignoring steps aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus.