Well, just in case, I have to defend my Z'er. I think this might be a little different situation, but maybe not. The Z'er is indestructible, and has a desire to contribute to social wellness, so they feel that can contribute to 'Herd Immunity' by infecting themselves. Risky behavior, yes, but when has a twenty-something not engaged in risky behaviors ... never. I didn't look close enough to consider age or if it was 'typical Southern' or the socially conscious southerner, or just crazy people.
What's with 'M.E.' One would think that you are American OG.