‘To blame the younger generation is harsh’ – Stokies have their say on increase in coronavirus numbers



Infection rates have continued to rise across Stoke-on-Trent and the city remains an ‘area of concern’.

National data suggests that it is largely people in the 18-to-35 age group who are getting infected.

StokeonTrentLive readers have had their say on whether or not they think young people are to blame for the increase in COVID-19 infections.

Ben Austin says that blaming the younger generation is harsh, he said on Facebook: “There has to be an element of common sense. The virus never went away.

“The younger generation were the ones who worked through this keeping society going in places like supermarkets while others were furloughed.

“To blame the younger generation alone is harsh. Yes there was some idiots having parties not social distancing but equally there was people from other generations ignoring social distancing guidelines to meet up and visiting their family regardless.

“There are lots of reasons but to blame solely the younger generation is wrong, it’s everyone collectively. To ask whether young people are to blame is discrimination.

“I’d also point out that the younger generation have been responsible enough to get tested to provide the positive results. While we will never know how many others regardless of generation are walking around positive spreading the virus irresponsibly without been tested because they think it’s not them.”

Sandra Franaszek thinks all ages are to blame: “I blame the lack of common sense!! People seem to have no thought of anyone but themselves.

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“I’ve seen lots of pushing and shoving with a general lack of manners and no social distancing. This is from all ages!!.”

Meg Whalley said it’s the people that dont wear their masks properly: “No, it’s the people that walk round either without a mask or with their mask under their nose! And people have just given up social distancing!!”

Eleanor Rushton agreed: “Every age group is equally responsible. Especially the ones who wear their mask under their nose.”

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