Governors and mayors across the United States are on the front lines of the pandemic sweeping throughout the nation, issuing orders to discourage public gatherings in an effort to curb the growing public health crisis.
Nevertheless, thousands of citizens have ignored these orders, choosing instead to gather on the beach or even at church services despite the highly contagious virus that's thrust the world into a global pandemic.
As a result, some local leaders are growing more and more frustrated.
One of those leaders is Walton, Kentucky Mayor Gabe Brown, who didn't mince words in reiterating warnings to Kentuckians to take the virus seriously.
Brown said in a Facebook post to the Boone County Neighborhood Group:
"Listen up dips**ts and sensible people. I might not have the best bedside manor [sic]. I might not put you at ease like the Governor does, but I don't care. You need to realize that this is a serious ordeal. In fact, it's a big f**cking deal. Stay at home."
You can read the full post below.
Mayor Gabe Brown/Facebook
Brown went on to warn that, despite accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies, he wasn't sensationalizing the threat posed by the virus.
"I didn't give you information to induce panic," Brown wrote. "I gave you information, so that you would be informed."
He implored his constituents to take the pandemic seriously before continuing:
"I have no doubt that [the virus] hasn't already been here, but testing had been limited. More cases are coming. If you ignore this problem, the worst thing that could happen is that your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles could die."
He concluded with the perfect sign-off:
"Be responsible. If you don't, then screw you."
The post was flooded with Facebook users who appreciated Brown's bluntness.
The commendations spilled over to Twitter as well.
Straight talk express, party of one! https://t.co/uo3rRAWMwz— Holly McCall (@Holly McCall) 1585084815.0
Mayor Brown. Damn. Bravo. https://t.co/k7qtUJxOAQ— Julie Leto (@Julie Leto) 1585109158.0
👏👏👏 My hometown needs this mayor... https://t.co/pTSsdXmGFD— αιмєє вяσωη (@αιмєє вяσωη) 1585099775.0
Would vote for this guy. https://t.co/iNuVXhWsMJ— BlueKel (@BlueKel) 1585065791.0
Brown is one of many who's been urging people to take the virus seriously.
One of my friends has COVID-19 and is in the ICU. He's in his late 20s and not in an at-risk population. I don't kn… https://t.co/BV8dC9QUaa— Ella Dawson is sheltering-in-place (@Ella Dawson is sheltering-in-place) 1585065222.0
please take this virus and the quarantine seriously, stay at home and take this opportunity to be with your loved o… https://t.co/qZhGzuK9TA— FARIZ JABBA (@FARIZ JABBA) 1585173630.0
This nightmare doesn't feel real until it affects you. My exceptional father passed this week of the virus. We cant… https://t.co/LUIFVRHNBr— nisha parti (@nisha parti) 1585042015.0
You guys know how some of the hard headed boomers don’t take climate change seriously and how frustrating it is for… https://t.co/vQ6qYIdMNC— Noah Sebastian (@Noah Sebastian) 1585075956.0
We would all be wise to listen to Mayor Brown.
Particularly the White House.