Furthermore there are many conspiracy beliefs regarding the government which

Furthermore there are many conspiracy beliefs

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Furthermore, there are many conspiracy beliefs regarding the government which can be perceived to be a form of government retaliation. For example, people may already be partaking in social distancing, however, the moment it is officially adopted by the government people disengage (Marinthe et al., 2020). In contrast to the expected response of abiding by government rules, people may respond to threatening events with suspicion instead. It was mentioned in Sibley et al. (2020), that as situations get worse people feel obliged to work together as a society to overcome the problem. However, it is possible that after some time, suspicion increases and a lack of trust begins. In a longitudinal study conducted by Bangerter et al., (as cited in Marinthe et al., 2020) they found that in Switzerland, people demonstrated high levels of government trust during the H1N1 pandemic but the trust declined as time passed. In the case of COVID-19 which has been prominent throughout the previous nine months, the suspicion is bound to occur. It is reasonable to question government officials because of corrupt and self-serving actions demonstrated in the past. Regardless, it is important to stay mindful of other individuals despite having their contrasting views on the virus. It is difficult for many to grasp how their actions could be affecting others, especially with community spread being a larger issue. Therefore, this emphasizes the importance of informing and providing proper education on the effects and consequences of the virus. From the varying perspectives and motives, it will only take a greater disaster for people to be aware of the realities of the world and for the government to highly reinforce rules. In times of stress and anxiety, people may ignore social distancing guidelines to maintain their mental health which may increase the risks of catching COVID-19. It was found in a study
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NON-EFFECTIVE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES 7 conducted by Fitzpatrick et al. (2020) that data revealed that those who were suffering from mental health issues such as depression are more likely to ignore voluntary and mandatory restrictions such as social gatherings. With the closure of many operations such as parks, it makes it more difficult for an individual to work around these restrictions and find alternatives to help cope with the current situation. However, some have taken upon anticipatory restructuring which involves the acceptance of the situation and determining other methods to mitigate its effects. This can include conducting online meetings to help maintain interpersonal connections and to minimize the experience of the social distancing policy (Jaspal & Nerlich, 2020). Despite access to video call and text, it may not be sufficient for others especially for those individuals who are less fortunate and do not have the luxury to access high-speed technology nor electronic devices. Consequently, the people who do not have enough willpower to resist the urge to go meet up with friends may become the target of social stigma. Those individuals may be labeled
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