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.