Survivor: Millennials vs. Boomers

There is a lot to unpack here. First, the nation is shutting its doors and trying to quarantine itself in order to stave off COVID-19. Or are they? There seems to be a tremendous amount of disregard to social distancing by the millennials.

The picture above is spring break in Key West. There is evidence this is going on everywhere even though authorities are canceling many events. I am hearing breweries are packed with young ones. The same goes for restaurants. Many are ignoring this pandemic, thinking they can’t be hurt by it. And they may be partially right. These 20 and 30-year-olds can physically handle COVID-19 so much better than us old people.

Is this their ultimate “f#ck you!” to the boomers? For some reason, they have been pissed at us for a while. Remember the “Okay, boomer” put down? I think they think we supposedly caused all their hardships in life? You know, like the school loans they willingly signed for so they can go to the nicest college and get their degree in Elizabethan poetry. But this is not for me to say.

These brave souls, however, should know that their parents and grandparents are being put at risk by their behavior and they need to take some responsibility for that. I hope I am wrong but in my thirty years in medicine, I have never seen such changes and restrictions that have been put in place to stop a disease….only to have idiots disregard them.

Am I wrong here?

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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5 Responses

  1. Kurt says:

    I know a doc who told his daughter not to go to Florida on spring break with her boyfriend. She ignored him and when she got back, he confined her to her room for quarantine! The boyfriends father dumped his kid’s stuff on the driveway and told him to go live with one of the guys who also went on the trip for the next 3 weeks. Didn’t want him in the house period!

    This is where the elders are smarter than the kids. I never did spring break stuff because my Dad owned a family business and I always had a job waiting for me whenever I was off school. High school or college. I always had a job to earn some pocket and book money. Ummmmm, I actually always took my parents advice. Said they didn’t care what I did in life but they were sending me to college and were going to pay for it. I said, “Yessir/yes mam,” with no question.
    Best advice I ever could have followed. These were the same parents who also allowed me to do cool things like take scuba diving lessons when I was 11 years old and start flying lessons at 15. I soloed an airplane before I could get a drivers license. Is that cool or what? You better believe I was going to listen to their advice. After being allowed to do this neat stuff.
    I would’a been a pilot instead of an MD except I had a bum/amblyopic right eye and wouldn’t have been able to pass a 1st class medical so I had to abandon that aspiration.

  2. Aaron M. Levine says:

    It may be part of social engineering. The older people are unproductive costs centers (taking social security and Medicare). They are holding back on promotions. They are computer illiterate. If one remembers Ezekiel Emmanuel wrote that the older people have an obligation to die to conserve wealth for the country. (By the way, I am past Medicare age)

  3. Jennifer Hollywood says:

    While the Millennials might be seemingly ignoring the rules and going to bars etc. The Senior citizens that I have been talking to seem woefully uninformed. They seem confused and perplexed by things. They are unclear as to why things are closed and the need for social distancing.

  4. Dave says:

    It’s not just the Millennials … Seeing lots of people disregard recommendations (including a physician who was supposed to be quarantined deciding go to a 200 person gathering!)

    But at least with everyone all at spring break, you won’t have to yell at them to get off your lawn! :p

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