With regard to COVID 19–Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California, proposed that cream rises until it sours. The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, an employee advances until they reach incompetency, after which time they neither advance nor decline. A good grocery clerk might be advanced to department manager and continue to do a great job. However, when promoted to assistant store manage, if they perform poorly, they remain an assistant store manager.
In emergent situations, this process accelerates; today’s idiot is tomorrow’s idiot-in-charge.
It was an idiot-in-charge who decided that celebrities should have front of the line privileges for the COVID-19 test.
Idiots-in-charge are the ones deciding that meetings, religious services, etc. should include hundreds of people in an enclosed space.
Idiots-in-charge also engage in independent operations by boarding aircraft when they know or suspect that they have the virus.
Beware of these idiots! They are not difficult to spot–you know what to look for.