I really like the comparison you made between Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” and the current Coronavirus pandemic. People who are still going out in public and in large groups do not understand how severe the pandemic could become in these upcoming weeks. Likewise, the wealthy prince did not believe the “Red Death” was extremely dangerous. He should not have had a party in the abbey, rather they should have quarantines themselves with no large events. Furthermore, people who go out with large groups are putting their friends and families at great risk of COVID-19, just as the prince put his nobles at risk by allowing the “Red Death” to enter the abbey.