Few victims of public humiliation are as famous as Mr. Kronk of New Brunswick, who contracted the coronavirus during a business trip.
He said that he had no symptoms at first, so he did not need to self-isolate when returning.
Nine days later, he showed some symptoms and was tested positive for the coronavirus, so the health department started contact tracing. After the local news media reported the story of a frustrated store owner who did not believe his employees had been infected with the virus, Mr. Cronk knew that he had been to the store and feared that he would be driven away for exposure.
Afterwards, a video clip from his Instagram account promoted his cannabis supply business “Cronk Grow Nutrients” touring on Twitter. Mr. Cronk said in the report that he “cannot taste anything right now” and detailed the multiple trips he took that month. Many people think that he spread the virus intentionally or unintentionally.
The optics and timing are terrible: With the increase in memes, the province’s top doctors announced an increase in cases, and the Prime Minister announced the suppression of Christmas trips and gatherings. On the Internet, Mr. Cronk is considered to be the main infected person in New Brunswick.
Mr. Kronk said: “There is no lesson to learn.” “I am ashamed for no reason.”
David Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said that historically speaking, stigmatization and humiliation have been loyal to the occurrence of epidemics, studying the history of infectious diseases and epidemics. During the European plague, Jews became convenient scapegoats. Barnes said that working-class Irish were condemned during the cholera epidemic in England in the 19th century.
Recently, during the AIDS epidemic in the United States, homosexuals and Haitians have been insulted.
Mr. Barnes said: “We associate illness with people who are not like us, do things we don’t do, or people who come from a different place than us, to make ourselves feel safer and superior.” “We shouldn’t. Surprised.”