On October 24, El Paso, Texas reported one COVID-related death and a mounting 14.8 percent positivity rate. A day or two later, I saw the TikTok come across my own feed while I sat and scrolled through the app 750 miles away in Houston, a city closer to Tallahassee, Florida, than it is to El Paso. Since then, El Paso judges and officials have tried imposing a curfew, issuing mask mandates, and shutting down nonessential businesses altogether. Meanwhile, blithe social media posts and memes on TikTok are doing a better job of pointing out the obvious—places where people don’t mask tend to experience surging outbreaks—than the government is. Or, they work pretty well when and if there’s some sort of backup from elected officials, whose entire job it is right now to protect their residents.