Cyberbullying and Covid

The public shaming of others has been going on for at least a hundred years or more in a variety of different outlets. Today the biggest outlet of shaming is via social media. Analyzing the article it is clear that over time if someone (especially if well known) makes a mistake during a pandemic outsiders looking in take small pieces of information without the full story and run with it. This form of shaming is simply unethical and uncalled for. Everyone is human, we all make simple mistakes and there is no reason to ostracize an individual because of that mistake. In regards to the pandemic, it also seems very unethical due to the timeline and original misunderstandings of the virus. When the pandemic first began many professionals were unaware that it could be carried without the individual’s knowledge and that it could also be transmitted in the same way. Today there are multiple symptoms that surround the virus that are similar to the common cold. Based on this information alone the public backlash that these individuals face for simply not feeling sick, feeling like it’s the allergies, or the common cold seems unnecessary. For individuals like Rokita, Nga, and Nhung their intentions were neither cruel or in malice. These people were simply living their lives with no idea that they could have caught the virus. As I continue to buy groceries, go to work, and appointments while also maintaining COVID guidelines, I can’t help but wonder how outsiders assume they know the daily occurrences in these people’s lives. For Rokita he was simply running an errand that no one else could, for the sisters, they were just trying to earn a wage and continue to live their lives safely. Instead of ostracizing these individuals, they should be able rest and take care of themselves and family in peace without the stress and anger of the public breathing down their necks.  

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