I also don't want to die without saying what has been on my mind for a few weeks now.
Thank you to all who have tried to stop or at least mitigate the transmission of the Covid 19 virus, but that said the country has tried and considering the obstacles we have had to overcome, I believe we did our best. Hopefully much has been learned about responding to something of this nature and we can do even better next time BUT, it is time to go back to work and go back to living, or dying as the case may be.
Now that I have stirred up all the indignant ire possible, let me clarify for those who do not know me that I am not a young person in good health. Just the opposite, I am one of those most endangered by catching any type of virus, especially one that is not known very well. I have had numerous heart attacks , am over 70 years young, have cancer that is in remission and currently having fun with numerous kidney stones. Ouch! I am vulnerable.
But you know what? I am responsible for my health and if I feel it is unsafe to eat out, or go to a concert (planned on going to Alabama one last time) or even the Webb Craft Fair, I won't go, but there is no reason for my frailty to stop everyone else from phasing back into their life. Sure, I appreciate it if you don't cough on me or sneeze without covering up, but I have always appreciated that. Covid 19 or not. Certainly we are more aware of that and many societies have gotten used to people wearing masks when they have an illness or fear one.
But life goes on and I don't want to be the reason our country and maybe the world goes into another depression. We are CLOSE! I refrained from saying Great Depression because there sure wasn't anything GREAT about it, but how many people died from that? Nor do I want our society to turn toward socialism because "Big Brother" has to look out for us. That is typically unsustaining.
Now I am not preaching to others who fear dying, or believe we should continue to shelter in place. WHENEVER we get back to the new normal, we will all probably get Covid 19 and hopefully there will be a cure or at least a vaccine by then, but the possibility of "the cure being worse than the problem" is becoming a reality. Numbers differ, but deaths attributed to the Depression of the 30's were in the millions. With our population having separated itself from agriculture and self-dependency the death toll from a depression of such proportions could be even worse.