It's why everyone should be practicing social distancing and preventing sharing high touch areas with strangers.
However, despite recommendations from their government, British fitness enthusiasts are still packing their gyms.
Channel 4 News interviewed the gym goers to find out why they were still going, despite recommendations to stop.
"Everyone's gonna get it, it's just one of those things, you've just got to take it on the chin." Gym-goers in Wol… https://t.co/RKgcku2rQJ— Channel 4 News (@Channel 4 News)1584562230.0
Several people are interviewed and asked about their gym habits, in light of the global pandemic. A young woman was asked what would keep her away from the gym.
She responds, before laughing:
"I don't think there's anything!"
Another gym member gives a disturbing answer to the interview.
"Everyone's gonna get it, you know what I mean? It's just one of those things, you've just got to take it on the chin."
What are these people thinking?
This makes me so angry. The selfishness. NHS staff are overworked, under resourced, and risking themselves every da… https://t.co/mVzdPsCCHN— Becky Brynolf (@Becky Brynolf)1584566444.0
There's no way of sugar coating it. These people will probably be directly responsible for the deaths of vulnerable… https://t.co/I4HzHj8rRD— Dr Mark D'Arcy (@Dr Mark D'Arcy)1584640173.0
Lockdown the country. Too many people still don't understand the seriousness of what we're facing. https://t.co/ybLkw9ouC8— Mark Douglas (@Mark Douglas)1584563247.0
Breaking News: Widely held theory that gym bunnies have nothing else going for them in life is proven to be true https://t.co/Q45Eq3KVhf— trans dad bod (@trans dad bod)1584564921.0
Social distancing isn't just about protecting you, but slowing the spread of the disease overall. If allowed to spread, there are many who will not experience symptoms while spreading the virus.
That's called an asymptomatic carrier.
Some will become infected, but survive. But the danger in both cases is passing it on to people who won't survive.
Despite recommendations from their government, the UK has seen little progress in stopping people from going out. It's not just gyms, but other open places have been shown to have crowds of people.
Boris Johnson has said that if social distancing recommendations aren't followed, "tougher measures" could be implemented.
Where are these people getting their dangerous, social non-distancing ideas from?
Yes, if you're fit & healthy you can "take it on the chin"! But if you have a serious health condition or are over… https://t.co/8WjkCtbyRm— Stop socialising = save lives (@Stop socialising = save lives)1584563480.0
If I was a cancer patient or had vulnerable sick family members I would be so desperate at people not caring that t… https://t.co/0so7rSd1Gy— Julie Owen Moylan (@Julie Owen Moylan)1584563896.0
This is literally what the UK government was telling people, and until they order places close they’re not going to… https://t.co/Lbsis1L8bI— Abi Wilkinson (@Abi Wilkinson)1584577624.0
@Channel4News Wonder where they got that attitude from. https://t.co/AFIXRKncOl— davjam #GTTO #RLB2020 #Richard4Deputy (@davjam #GTTO #RLB2020 #Richard4Deputy)1584602942.0
Before Yanks start getting all high and mighty over our British allies, we should know that the United States is not in the best position to fight this disease either.
Sure, some places like Los Angeles County, and the state of New York have ordered lock downs and shuttering non-essential businesses to prevent the spread, but not everyone is taking things so seriously.
At the same time the above gym goers were being interviewed, spring breakers were crowding Florida beaches. It was only a few days ago that Governor Ron DeSantis finally ordered the beaches to close to stop this.
But to many, it was too little too late.
People are missing their graduations, cancelling their weddings, and making the hard decision to not see vulnerable… https://t.co/wWb5GY2cwa— chabs✨ (@chabs✨)1584563974.0
Quaranteenage wasteland https://t.co/zBtZ3il9V1— Jonathan Torrens (@Jonathan Torrens)1584579201.0
If you think COVID-19 isn't a threat despite every expert saying you're wrong, I encourage you to give video interv… https://t.co/XaKiQRAJ5V— Jake Williams (@Jake Williams)1584577254.0
Aren’t these the first characters to die in a horror movie. https://t.co/vn2GDODW53— 𝐋𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐢 ⁷ (@𝐋𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐢 ⁷)1584664424.0
Sure, the governments need to get a grip, and do their jobs in this situation, but we, as a society need to do our part as well.
Wash your hands properly and often. Sanitize high touch surfaces. Consult a doctor if you develop symptoms—more and more health facilities are handling patients via video conferencing.
And stay home or at least away from large gatherings while getting food or other supplies.