In the wake of spring break and the viral term "boomer remover" (i.e. the COVID-19 virus), a question has surfaced on the internet: are young people taking coronavirus seriously?
Specifically, this question refers to members of gen Z. This includes anyone who is born between 1997-2012, who is therefore around 8-23 years old at the time of this article. Because online polls typically survey those aged 18 or older, it is difficult to say whether this is an attitude that is truly representative of this age group.
However, according to a poll by Heart+Mind Strategies for WTOP (issued between March 18th-19th),
40% of individuals aged 18-22 believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a real threat.
Note: this was 13% higher than the overall sample.
This may in part be explained by growth spurt in the brain that occurs during late adolescents to emerging adulthood (~15-25) that is responsible for a very key capacity – abstract thought.