I still dream of Orgonon
- Jul 19, 2020
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You've raised reasonable and fair points. I probably sit in what you'd call the 'popular opinion camp' on here and yet I've often played devil's advocate in my head, thinking, COVID is causing so much damage beyond direct deaths, so what if we just let it be and attempted to protect the extremely vulnerable etc?No, it's about the impact on people who:
- have lost their jobs or businesses
- will die of cancer/heart disease/other treatable illnesses because the NHS is not diagnosing or treating them
- are suffering with their mental health
- cannot see their families for what might be their last Christmas (think elderly/terminally ill)
- etc. etc.
We should not be decimating the entire economy, and people's lives, over this. Precautions should be taken where necessary for those that need it, and help/support should be given to people who feel they need to isolate/shield. But it should be down to the individual whether or not they want to:
- go to work / work from home
- see their families / don't see their families
- open their business / close their business
- travel / not travel
- etc. etc.
I realise this will be an unpopular view on here, but I'm no less entitled to say it than anyone else's view. We all have a voice.
I think we're lucky that COVID doesn't have a high mortality rate and that medical professionals have learnt how to treat and manage the symptoms in a more effective way. However, the bugger of this disease is that it spreads so easily, so if we switched to that approach, I feel there's a real risk hospitals would become swamped very quickly. From that we could reach a point where COVID patients could be turned away (to potentially fatal consequences), and the NHS would struggle to provide other essential services such as cancer treatment. I also think it would be nigh on impossible for society to truly protect the extremely vulnerable in these circumstances.
I'm sure I'll be told that the NHS hasn't struggled and has coped adequately so far, but from what I've heard from those who work in it that's not the case. The lockdowns/restrictions of course have helped to stem the stream of patients so far too.
So that's where my head is currently at... if we were looking at a long term future with no effective vaccine my viewpoint might be different. Like you say we're all entitled to opinion and these are my current thoughts, I'm not saying that I'm stating fact.
P.S. I am planning on having Christmas with family though, even if it's rather scaled back!