While I disagree with the last sentence, the situation floors me. I would rephrase her last sentence to "If they didn't get the severity & consequences of COVID, they never will." Plenty of us get it. Too many do not.
Just got off the phone with my Mom. 9 people in her park have tested positive since I last talked with her on the 30th. I had not heard of any prior positive cases there. The park held an indoor New Years Eve party with no masks. Of course, Mom did not attend. So many people in America are behaving like petulant toddlers -- "You can't tell me what to do!" All they are doing is extending the time it will take to get the pandemic under control and, in the meantime, helping to kill some of their friends and family.
I just want my Mom to be able to come visit us here in Aotearoa again. That won't be possible until this pandemic is under control and only if she is still alive.
Fuck these selfish assholes.