What does Covidiot mean?

Someone who doesn’t take the risks of COVID-19 seriously

Covidiot is a blend of the words “COVID-19” and “Idiot.” It’s used to describe someone who doesn’t take the risks of COVID-19 seriously or ignores the safety guidelines set by health professionals.

This term became popular during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It was commonly used to point out people who opposed health restrictions. Some classic examples of such behavior include openly defying mask requirements in stores by saying things like “we live in a free country,” deliberately damaging masks for easier breathing, or even traveling to a crowded place like Florida for Spring Break parties.

You’ll often see ‘Covidiot’ being used on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. It’s frequently thrown around when reacting to videos or photos of people protesting against health measures or displaying a clear ignorance towards the severe risks associated with the coronavirus.

Interestingly, those who are skeptical about the pandemic, or refer to it as a “scamdemic,” also use the term ‘Covidiot’ but in a slightly different context. To these skeptics, a ‘Covidiot’ is someone who blindly follows COVID-19 protocols. They believe that there should be more resistance towards lockdowns and mask mandates, and if you’re not resisting, then you’re a ‘Covidiot’.

Example for using ‘Covidiot’ in a conversation

Did you see that video of people protesting against wearing masks?

Yeah, those people are such Covidiots. They don’t realize the importance of following safety guidelines.