Young People Have a Coveted Responsibility During COVID-19

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Helen Lee Schifter has written about the need for more young people to gain an understanding and comprehension of what is at stake with the Coronavirus health pandemic and epidemic. Fortunately, it is indeed the case that younger people and the youth demographic altogether have less risk of suffering devastating and G-D forbid fatal consequences if they were to contract COVID-19. But they can still certainly expose others that are older and even elderly members of the population to the virus. This is the part that makes it especially reckless for any young person to not take this matter with the greatest care, caution and concern, possible.

Those health bloggers like Helen Lee Schifter have maintained that the need for awakening young people concerning what’s at stake is something that needed to happen yesterday. Unfortunately, the CDC, the WHO and other health bodies that have been responsible with managing this health crisis have not done an adequate job of enlightening the youth of this country and worldwide of the different risks associated with behaving in a reckless fashion in the face of the Coronavirus.

Shalom Lamm and other entrepreneurs have remarked that this a long overdue educational process that has to take place at the soonest possible time. There are many examples (as chronicled by some areas of the press) of young people partying and engaging socially even in the wake of the Coronavirus. This of course, is especially concerning for a whole litany of reasons.

But what people have to understand (and has to be communicated to young people), is that although they themselves may likely survive if they were to contract the Coronavirus, the risk of them exposing an older or even elderly person to the virus if they contract it , is substantial. For that reason, as Shalom Lamm has noted, it would be the height of irresponsibility for young people to behave and comport themselves on a daily basis as if this risk does not exist.

On the contrary, the youth of the nation and the world must comport themselves with the same level of responsibility and caution that people of all ages are exercising throughout this crisis. There is simply way too much on the line not only for them directly, but also for those that interact with them, and ultimately come into contact with them.

Any young person that continues leading their lives as if the Coronavirus is not a serious issue that’s plaguing society, should be held accountable and responsible. All young people should be obeying and complying with the social distancing protocols and other mandatory requirements to ensure the safety and overall preservation of health of society writ-large. We’ll all be better off that way.

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Ken Kurson on Media Coverage of Health and Wellness

Ken Kurson has worked in various aspects of the media industry for an extended period of time. This has lent him a unique ability and perspective through which to view the way health matters have been covered by various media outlets. Indeed, with the Coronavirus pandemic – a health pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a century, there’s been a dialogue sparked about the role the media can play in informing the public about important information regarding health and wellness. There are indeed media properties among the coterie of outlets available to readers that have done an extraordinary job in recent years of devoting resources toward coverage of health-related matters.

There are outlets like HuffPost who have been ahead of the curve in this trend; and those outlets that have emphasized these important subjects as being news-worthy certainly deserve to be commended. After all, there is a significant public interest about health-oriented subjects, as there should be. For that reason, those outlets that have been prudent in expending and employing significant resources to shed a light on different health issues deserve to be applauded for their efforts.

Media advisers like Ken Kurson have an understanding of the power that media can have in informing the public about various issues. Ultimately, the media does have a critical role to play in enlightening the public of developments in the healthcare space, but also in how important it is to value their own health and wellness.

The Coronavirus has indeed been a health pandemic of a size and magnitude the likes of which few could have anticipated or foreseen. But the reality is that there are a multitude of other health crises that pre-dated the Coronavirus pandemic that also deserved more attention than they got.

The media outlets that covered the obesity pandemic, and continue efforts to shed light on that important issue deserve recognition and even gratitude. It’s a public service. Indeed, it’s a crisis that’s plaguing especially the youth of this country. A crisis that has spun out of control; and some media outlets have indeed done a good and tactful job of lending it the attention and spotlight it deserves.

After all, that’s the only way to properly raise awareness of a health pandemic and others similar to it . As more and more media outlets employ journalistic resources to cover important health-oriented subjects and stories, we should be prodding them on to do more in that respect. Clickbait-driven media content is something that there is unfortunately far too much of, in existence.

But having media outlets shed light on important issues that are in the public interest, such as issues related to health and wellness is indeed a public service of sorts.