Spiritual bypass

What would you say to someone who argues that thought work can be used to perpetuate spiritual bypassing, where people ignore “reality” and slap positive thoughts over what’s happening?

For example, let’s take COVID. Many people I know who identify as spiritual think thoughts like “COVID isn’t real”. And per my perception, this empowers them, and so they don’t take precautions or wear masks.

In this case, the thought “COVID doesn’t exist” doesn’t necessarily end in the result that COVID doesn’t exist. There have been incidences in the news where COVID patients say things like “I didn’t think this was real”.

Or people who have the thought “this would never happen to me” and then it does happen to them. How does this work with the Model?