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Connections: Local 20-somethings on young people's responses to the coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020

Monroe County’s daily COVID-19 update for Monday indicated that 17 of the 29 new confirmed cases of the virus are people between the ages of 20 and 30. The data is in line with a national trend in which, according to the New York Times, people in their 20s and 30s “are making up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states where the virus is now surging.” The Times goes on to report that the increases could be due to young people getting together in reopened bars and restaurants and other social settings. Are they disregarding physical distancing guidelines? Is there a lack of guidance?

This hour, our panel of 20-somethings discuss their perspective on the pandemic and how people in their demographic have reacted to it. Our guests:

  • MaKaila Heath, intern with LaLew Public Relations
  • Jace Meyer-Crosby, theatre professional
  • Danielle Oakes, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher
  • Tanner Schmidt, government affairs associate