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The deadly dilemma. To have to choose between two evils: living with covid or trying to hide from covid.
We are faced with two clear choices:
– To continue on the path that we are currently on, choosing to no longer live our lives. To remain withdrawn, our borders closed to the outside world as all the countries of Asia have been doing since March. This path has but one outcome, to condemn entire populations to misery, poverty, hunger, economic ruin and physical death. There is no hope in this path. Covid is here to stay. We will probably never have an effective vaccine (viruses by their very nature constantly mutate) and so there is no hope of a safe exit from this strategy.
Continuing on the current path will just lead to an ever-increasing ruination of lives and livelihoods. The future of a country’s key asset, the youth, will be damaged through denial of access to education and investment. International business will grind to a halt, and the destruction of a country’s economy will follow. The social problems that will arise as a result of a continuation of this strategy will be immense and hard hitting, the cost of which in damage to life and death will far exceed the damage to life that the covid virus could inflict on a population – as is clearly borne out by the established facts of the real effects of this virus. The endgame of this strategy of closing a country, is the total destruction of that country’s economy, immense damage to the health and welfare of society, and plunging that country’s future into darkness.
– The other path, that of opening the country and dynamically mitigating infection risk, offers a path where there is hope for the future. Where life can go on as normal for the vast majority. It is a path where the rewards will far outweigh the cost.
Reopening borders certainly involves risks of increased infection, but we are in a position to mitigate these risks now. And it has also become clear that for the vast majority of people covid presents no real risk of harm or even symptomatic illness. But is it possible to live without risk? Clearly not. A life without risk is impossible. Is it possible to escape death? No. It is the very condition of living, life is terminal for us all. And death comes to us in 1000s of forms, not simply covid. We cannot hide from death. How many people have died through hiding in fear from a perceived threat from covid? How many people are dying daily as a direct result of covid policies through limited access to hospitals, health screening not happening, cancer treatments not happening in a timely manner, economic ruin driving people to make poor life choices and turning to alcohol, drugs or suicide as the solution to the problems dealt to them by covid policies?
Living life is risky, driving your car to work, taking a flight, eating out, taking part in sports, all these activities and many more can result in death, but does it stop us from doing them? No. Should it stop us from doing them? No. It is living life, mitigating risk as much as possible, but living a full life. A life without risk is impossible.
Is it possible to live life and avoid illness? No. We can mitigate risk through taking sensible precautions, but we cannot guarantee a life without illness. Is it possible to hide from life behind closed borders, behind closed doors, and avoid illness? No. While you may avoid some illnesses while hiding from life, there remain a myriad of other illnesses that can arise in a person’s life at any time and can potentially kill you. So clearly hiding from life guarantees nothing.
The current policies are illogical and are at odds with the scale of the problem as we now understand it – hospitalizations and death in decline since April despite infections going up in populations such as the UK where covid is prevalent for example. The clock is ticking for millions of people, not through any risk from covid infection but from economic ruin, educational ruin and life’s hopes and opportunities destroyed. As this draconian and unnecessary policy of locking the world down continues, the sands of time for life as we know it are running out, and all that lies beyond this policy is devastation and with covid remaining at large in the world regardless. So what do we gain from the current world lockdown policies?
It is time to make the choice between living life with covid, or certain social and economic ruin with covid. It is already too late for millions, but millions of livelihoods and opportunities can be saved if the world’s leaders change direction NOW! And allow us to get back to living life. Covid remains at large with or without these draconian policies. Surely learning to live with covid and the vast majority getting back to a normal life, has to be better than all of us not living life, hiding from life with the social and economic ruin that is guaranteed and yet covid remains regardless. What is the point of that? What do we gain from these lockdown, border closure policies? Between a certain death and a hypothetical risk, isn’t it better to choose the risk? The risk of living life. Why do you, our world leaders, continue to choose to keep us all locked within this eel trap of your own making? Why don’t you make what is clearly, and backed by the science of what we have learned of this virus now, the only sensible choice, of learning to live with covid and allowing us to get back to living LIFE?