You must not have too many 20-35yo mums on your Facebook, so much antivax chatter these days it is ridiculous. Those poor kids!
I don't use Facebook which is why I wondered if this was the primary vector, and also where they get it from. Can't think of anyone antivax in my circles. I know this stuff exists on Twitter but I don't see any of it (presumably social graph, or algorithms masking some of the replies to tweets if I go looking).
Does the flu stuff arrive from elsewhere (e.g., first exposure is seeing it in social media) or is it an innate thought (first exposure is something else) bolstered by external commentary?
The people that are distressed about lockdowns or "there'll be nothing left to come back to and society will start to fall apart", roughly where are you living and what industries are you working in? e.g., the vibe in Melbourne is likely to be quite different to Adelaide where things have relaxed significantly in recent months. Working in hospitality or meat packing, you might have a different reaction to white-collars working from home.
I was as big a skeptic as anyone at the beginning
But what would make you at all skeptical? You don't barricade suburbs indoors and roll out drones with loudspeakers unless it's a big deal. When news first started breaking here, and you could see that the numbers and response were serious, a colleague and I were talking about the inevitability of it hitting and what would happen. We stockpiled gear well before panic-buying was publicly evident.
And though I don't work in hospitality or even have a formal job and can easily work from anywhere, I lost a few tenants and we cut the rate for others, I'm exposed in terms of risk to hospitality and tourism (via Serio) and general marketing budgets (via Triplezero, Hoops ads, etc). Cancelled a significant trip overseas, plus some domestic travel. The workfront was a wasteland for a while there so I had reason to gripe about the impact of quarantine, but I feel that unchecked, this virus would do a lot more damage and it's likely necessary pain.
Maybe the sentiment is vastly different if your peers suffered serious job losses or you work in the arts and lacked a government support package or travel out of state/country a lot for work. As I said, I'm genuinely interested in understanding some of the comments and reactions people have had.