Quandre Diggs: American “cockiness” led to spread of COVID-19

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Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs is worried about his home state, and he’s worried that one particular character flaw has led to the spread of COVID-19 as much as anything.

Diggs has been wary of Texas opening too quickly after the initial wave, and he thinks that any unwillingness on the part of his fellow citizens to wear face coverings is compounding the problem.

“As a country, as a whole, I feel like we’re just a cocky country that feels like we’re invincible, but we have the most cases in the world,” Diggs said, via SI.com. “At some point, we need to take that cockiness down, and I think we need to get humbled a little bit and let people know that, ‘Hey, continue to wear your mask.’ I feel like the mask mandate should have been in effect the whole time. If you were going to open up stuff, at least make the mask mandated when people are going to have to go out so you can’t spread it. But when you make it a choice, then you give people the choice not to wear it, then of course the choice is going to be like, “Oh, I forgot my mask at home, but I don’t need it.” It’s just one of those things. . . .

“It’s cockiness. It’s the absolute cockiness of America, of Americans, to think, ‘I don’t need a mask.’ I don’t understand it, there’s nobody taking away your freedom, you’re still able to go walk a street, you’re still able to go into the store — just put a freaking mask on, it’s not that serious.”

Diggs has been openly critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who was quick to want to get back to business, and now presides over one of the country’s hotspots for new infections. Last week, Abbott relented and issued a statewide mask mandate. But beyond anger at one politician, Diggs thinks it’s a particular character trait of the country at the root of the problem.

“My thing is, it’s about protecting others, and as a nation, we’re so self-[concerned],” he said. “We’re so cocky, and we’re so worried about ourselves and not worried about others and that’s kind of what got us in this predicament that we’re in now, with corona, with social justice, with the police brutality. We have one race worried about themselves instead of everybody just caring about each other. We do our own thing, and that’s kind of what got us into this predicament now.”

That, however, is a problem that no amount of masking and hand-washing and social distancing will be able to fix.

18 responses to “Quandre Diggs: American “cockiness” led to spread of COVID-19

  1. Too often, athletes shoot their mouths off like this and sound like they have no idea what they’re talking about.

    But I can’t say I disagree with Diggs here. People still don’t get the idea behind the mask. You aren’t wearing it to protect yourself, you’re wearing it to protect others. And no, nobody is “treading” on you if you wear one. As Diggs said, you can still go about your business just like normal. Just do your part so we can finally get past this damn virus once and for all!

  2. I think National baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle pretty much nailed it:

    “We’re trying to bring (sports) back during a pandemic that’s killed 130,000 people. We’re way worse off as a country then we were in March when we shut this thing down. And, like, look at where other developed countries are in their response to this. We haven’t done any of the things that other countries have done to bring sports back. Sports are like the reward of a functioning society. And we’re trying to just bring it back, even though we’ve taken none of the steps to flatten the curve. …

    “If there aren’t sports, it’s going to be because people are not wearing masks, because the response to this has been so politicized,” he continued. “We need help from the general public. If they want to watch baseball, please wear a mask, social distance, keep washing your hands.”

  3. Too a large extent, I agree with him.

    However, I’d add another adjective that would describe why many people refuse to maintain social distancing anymore–impatience.

    I get the feeling that a lot of folk felt this way: “I’ve waited long enough. Reopen already.”

    Just think. From mid-March until things started to reopen, if we were just a little more restrictive in our movement, were a little more vigilant in social distancing and mask wearing, and waited just a little bit longer to reopen, we’d be in much better shape. Things would almost be back to normal.

    Now, it’s almost like all that time inside was a waste.

  4. He’s right. Most of the ignorant people never complied with the stay at home order, and that’s why is continued to spread. Then when states started opening up the cities in their state, the ignorants acted like life was back to normal before all this started. Those ignorant, selfish, self centered people are to blame on why this virus is taking off in full force again.

  5. “We have one race worried about themselves instead of everybody just caring about each other”.
    Change of scenery but still an idiot.

  6. I live in Texas. Since the re-opening, I have not seen one person out of their houses without a mask on. I have seen people riding bikes and jogging wearing masks. Restaurants and stores require patrons to wear a mask and social distance. There are working with disinfectant, spraying everything down. Tables at restaurants are at least 6 feet apart. The spikes are in the places where there were protests/riots. And the spikes are happening to the younger age groups, the same age groups that were protesting/rioting.

  7. Please do not blame the spread of Covid-19 virus on Americans. Most Americans will stay home and wear masks to protect themselves, if they are told to do so by their political leaders. The streets were completely deserted in the Frisco Bay Area, where I live, after stay at home orders were issued by mayors. But unfortunately some won’t do the right thing because their leaders give them the wrong advice. It is a failure of leadership that allows the virus to spread, not the failure of Americans to follow good advice.

  8. Here’s what is interesting, and sad.

    Those who support the current administration, and as such refuse to wear a mask or follow soc distancing, are shooting him in the foot.

    The more this spreads, the less safe consumers feel, the less they’ll go out and the worse the economy.

    Sadly many can’t seem to grasp this.

  9. Plenty of studies are showing the protests are not spreading it. If you don’t believe in science, that’s your fault.

  10. californianewton says:
    “Please do not blame the spread of Covid-19 virus on Americans. Most Americans will stay home and wear masks to protect themselves, if they are told to do so by their political leaders.”

    This kind of happens anytime an issue becomes politicized. How can the wearing of or the not wearing of a mask during a pandemic become a political issue?

  11. I actually agree with CaliforniaNewton this time.

    We had a leader telling everybody that he doesn’t wear a mask and thinks masks make you look like a Trump hater.

    He basically told his base to never wear a mask because it makes them look weak…like a democrat. Every single day he was saying this stuff.

    Now we got mad Rolex wearing ladies in Arizona Targets throwing masks on the floor yelling she is done all crazy.

    Good times!

    It is a virus…it doesn’t care which way you lean politically.

  12. polk40 says:
    July 6, 2020 at 9:29 am
    I live in Texas. Since the re-opening, I have not seen one person out of their houses without a mask on. I have seen people riding bikes and jogging wearing masks. Restaurants and stores require patrons to wear a mask and social distance. There are working with disinfectant, spraying everything down. Tables at restaurants are at least 6 feet apart. The spikes are in the places where there were protests/riots. And the spikes are happening to the younger age groups, the same age groups that were protesting/rioting.
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    I live in Texas also and you are either lying or blind. Very few people wore masks before the mandate and many still do not. Under the BS guise of their rights as an American. That type mindset and behaviour of politicising a medical issue is what is keeping America #1. In virus totals and deaths. America where we think we are free to do whatever we choose. No matter what we choose. No matter how it affects other people. The reason we elected this narcissistic president is that unfortunately we have become a nation of narcissists. We just justify it by calling it “our rights as an American “. Freedom can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. Do your own thing. Just don’t do it on me…

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