According to Google, there is such a thing as Herd Mentality. Donald Trump used the term Herd Mentality incorrectly when meaning Herd Immunity, as a universal means to cure COVID-19.
It isn’t exactly like the lyricist Ira Gershwin's: You say po-tah-to, and I say potato. You say to-mah-to and I say tomato. Po-tah-to, potato, to-mah-to, tomato, let’s call the whole thing off.
Herd Mentality means the tendency for people's behavior or beliefs to be like the group to which they belong. It’s about thoughts and, or acting out. It ain’t going to cure COVID-19. Trump got that wrong.
Herd Immunity means the resistance to the spread of a contagious disease, like COVID-19, within a population that results in the population immune to the disease.
That’s what Trump meant, but he got his thoughts scrambled. The downside of Herd Immunity is that people die if you depend on this do nothing approach. Over 200,000 people have already died using the do nothing approach.
Which is just about Donald Trump’s point of view about life in the White House.
Finally, there is a view called Mob Mentality. Not to be confused with Herd Mentality. The mob, in this instance, doesn't mean The Mob, as in The Mafia. No, it means mob as in a group.
Mob Mentality describes how humans adopt behaviors and follow trends based on their friends.
Mob Mentality will not cure COVID-19. But if the Mob decided to wear masks and practice social distancing, that would be a giant step in the right direction.
Donald Trump hasn’t even whispered Mob Mentality. He’s hell-bent on Herd Mentality or Herd Immunity. Each is either inappropriate or kills.
Po-tah-to, potato, to-mah-to, tomato, let’s call the whole thing off.
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