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Re: Covid - Can't beat it - Join it!
I couldn't disagree with you more. I'm glad that we have not reached a point yet where those philosophies are put into practice. As far as the 50 year old woman having a heart attack, maybe get off the couch, put down the potato chips and eat healthy and exercise. That prevents more heart attacks than any doctor visit. And I'm 60 years old and can tell you this. Not everyone ever 65 dies of cancer. There are 20, 30 year olds and even children who have died from cancer. Everyone wants to get back to work and to get things back to normal. But I would say then majority of thinking, reasonable people want to do it in a safe, responsible manner. Being a kid does not make them immune from getting the virus or being a carrier. Can kids get Chicken Pox? Can adults? Can kids get the measles? Can adults? Yes, there are some things like dementia that may affect certain ages, but we are talking about an infectious virus.
I am showing respect for the health and safety of others. I am showing respect for those that have lost their jobs, that have lost their mental health, that have lost their health insurance, that have lost their dignity and safety and independence. I feel for those that have lost loved ones to this virus. But to me, an awful lot of coverage and "respect" has gone to the very small percentage of people and not to the greater masses.
And just to throw some fuel on the fire for discussion - how many of the covid deaths, (remember the majority of cases are in the older, more at risk population), would have died from cancer this year if not for Covid? Have we really increased the total number of deaths? That's what I really want to know before we throw people into financial ruin. If our measures have done nothing to stop the number of people dying each year then maybe it's time to rethink what we are attempting to do.... I am all for saving lives but I have said it before and I will say it again - sure looks to me like we are just trading which lives we are saving right now because while we save some from Covid we lose them to other health issues from a depression or from them not able/willing to take care of preventative medical visits. If that's callous - so be it. It isn't callous to that young father that might be saved from suicide. Or the 50 year old mother that might have prevented a heart attack but couldn't see her doctor....
"More than 3.8 million cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide, and more than 270,000 people have died from it" ...and in America (as of today) 79,522 deaths. In 2019 there were 606,880 cancer deaths in America. So, you are correct. However, I do not think you can honestly compare the 2.
I started in band in 1956. I know the importance of music (band etc.) in a child's life. The thing is, no matter how you say it - yes, you do come across as rather callous. All you can do is live the best possible life - and show respect for the health and safety of others.
Not really too much to ask.