What do you call someone who washes his hands 30 times a day? “OCD,” right? As the coronaplague spreads, what do you call someone who washes his hands 30 times a day? “Alive”?
If it turns out that OCD is protective against coronavirus and the virus mutates such that it can kill a significant number of reasonably young people (i.e., not well past their child-producing years), could it be that OCD will become a significantly more common human characteristic?
Even without coronavirus, if the world population expands to 11 billion or more and the trend toward urbanization continues, will the dense living conditions favor those with OCD habits? There are plenty of existing diseases that are transmitted from person to person and that can be stopped with OCD-style hand washing, wearing of obsessively-fitted face masks, etc.
- CNN mocks Donald Trump for being averse to people coughing, June 2019
- New York Times calls Donald Trump a sissy due to “obsession with hand sanitizer,” April 2016 (Hillary was brave by comparison)
4 thoughts on “Will the human race be more susceptible to obsessive compulsive disorder going forward?”
The shortage of soap, paper towels & toilet paper is probably going to make humans less sanitary. Would say most supplies have now gone to ebay rather than actual use or storage in $50 million houses with enough space.
Yes, of course, but first things first: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51914782
M: With a raging coronavirus pandemic, it does seem critical to know “How to argue with a racist: Five myths debunked” as the BBC article, from March 16, 2020, purports to teach!
I’m not sure that they do a good job with #5. “Here’s how to debunk five racist myths with science and facts. … 5. Black people are better at running than white people … The last white man to compete in a 100m final at the Olympics was in 1980.”
That’s like debunking the myth that young people are better at tennis than old people by saying “Nobody older than 37 has ever won a Grand Slam tournament.”
PhilG: You might have underestimated them with #5.
The 1980 Olympics were held in Moscow. Russians have always messed with our races (in all meanings of the word)
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