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Are Young Adults Taking The Advice To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19 Seriously?

Mar 19, 2020

EMU student Meghann Butchart
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

With more cases of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, now being detected in “younger people,” the call from health officials for them to take it more seriously becomes louder.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke to Eastern Michigan University student Meghann Butchart about what this experience is like from a young adult’s point of view.


21 year-old Meghann Butchart chose to stay put on the Eastern Michigan University campus, even though most students went home, and classes are now being taught online, out of concern for the health of her family at home in Garden City.  She describes the Ypsilanti campus as a “ghost town” but admitted she does still see people walking around holding hands or sitting close together eating.

She says her generation has had to deal with one catastrophe after the other, leaving them without the proper coping skills.

She says, since 9/11, it has been constant with so many different national catastrophes, including terrorism and shootings, and they haven't been able to come up with a way to cope than other with humor.

Butchart says she is definitely taking the health precaution advice seriously and says she and her friends are concerned about their educational futures, in light of all the changes put in place now to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu