Death is Just the Beginning

People have died due to Covid-19. But has it really been that many? And were they people who might have died anyway? Even if one accepts the pandemic isn’t as lethal as the majority of the science submits, that isn’t the only negative impact. Surviving the virus isn’t the same as being fine again. Recovering from all symptoms and feeling great again isn’t the same as returning to full health.

As this article by M.L. Humphrey highlights, the worst part of the pandemic—both personally and societally—might be the hidden burden of chronic conditions surfacing well after the Covid-19 symptoms are gone.

The more people who get this illness, the more people who are going to need a higher level of long-term medical care…

Which means we as a society will have to make a decision.

Either we decide we’re heartless bastards and that those who got sick due to a failure of government are on their own to suffer and die. Or we finally bite the frickin’ bullet and start talking about real baseline universal medical care and social services.

It’s Not All About the Deaths, M.L. Humphrey

The United Kingdom (and other nations that provide healthcare that’s free at point of provision) might not face quite as stark a choice between taking action and letting people die because they can’t afford healthcare; however, the NHS and social care were underfunded before the added burden of the pandemic.

Wear a mask. Follow all the precautions.

3 thoughts on “Death is Just the Beginning

  1. > “And were they people who might have died anyway?” funny.

    –Hey, I’m immortal, watch me jump from this…. splat.

    An entertaining read is the top 10 causes of death at the WHO’s site. #1? Heart Disease. Wanna really save (extend) lives? Teach people how to eat — well.

    But then again, Death hunts us all, what does it matter what you die of?


    1. > “And were they people who might have died anyway?” funny.

      Not heard the gamut of perspectives in every nation, but in the UK there are people who claim a non-trivial number of people who died from the virus were likely to die soon anyway, i.e. if they hadn’t caught Covid-19, something else would have killed them within the same sort of period.

      A little cold for my taste, but people who ache with compassion for others are unlikely to be the ones who need to hear that there is a broader economic cost to only judging “extra” deaths.

      But then again, Death hunts us all, what does it matter what you die of?

      It’s not the dying but the time leading up to it that I see as mattering: transitioning from full enjoyment to dead in a moment is preferable to lingering in pain or struggling in fear.

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      1. At just 59 (healthy & fit) I experienced a heart attack three weeks ago. Four stents later I had to reflect on my brief time laying there, chest being crushed by a forklift, Aside from the pain, I, the Stoic that I am, found myself embracing the End.
        I doubt few could approach that veil in such a way.
        My view of the Absurd Universe has given me clarity knowing the purposelessness of existence. The moments leading up to that final breath, were they eons or scant glimpses, provide the same result: The Void.
        Suffering sucks, and if that’s the only thing one experiences, for months or years, I commiserate.
        Perhaps our most ironic power is knowing that all is for naught, living with that knowledge, and yet ignoring it throughout our days.


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