Freedom Versus The Pandemic

Freedom Versus the Pandemic

I speak from personal experience when I say this. I have changed so much since the beginning of this crisis. I spent a lot of time in March of 2020 fixating on vaccine development. I didn’t think that vaccines were the panacea to all ailments out there. I also had my concerns at that point of how compromised our inoculations had become in the last two decades. Still, if it was done right, then it must be our answer to the problem. I knew so little then what kind of newfound cocktail they were cooking up. This was not straight-up immunotherapy.

This was something else altogether.

I also was an avid mask wearer. I had researched what was the next best thing to the relatively unavailable N95. I invested in an expensive experimental anti-viral mask. I bought them for my husband and me. I also bought them for other family members. I watched the infrared video on mask-wearing and the reduction of particles. I chided others on the street for not “masking up” properly.

Alas, so much has changed for me since then. I am keenly aware that I am not alone in my change of perspective. As I gained more knowledge, I adjusted my lens. In the beginning, I was willing to lock my door for six weeks until this mysterious thing passed. It didn’t though. With each lockdown, I became less and less willing to stop my life as the number of Positive Corona tests rose.

I knew of people who had been hospitalized or worse from this illness. This was a matter that desperately needed a solution. The question was what was really going to help? Were we really getting any better cowering in our homes? How much were we protecting each other from this illness with these thin cloth or polypropylene coverings when the particles were so tiny?
Truthfully, the mask question wasn’t what was gnawing at me. What baffled me was why were affordable, highly effective, low-risk, repurposed drugs being heavily withheld from the public? Moreover, why was a highly questionable, novel vaccine being unleashed so quickly into the world as a substitute for these other drugs that had the potential to do so much more good with so little harm?

I, like so many others, was willing to postpone life for a year. After that, things became questionable. I became less incentivized to refrain from hugging my dear friends who were not exhibiting any signs of illness. What is the balance between preserving life and actually living it while you have a chance?

We must all strive to do whatever we can to make the world a better place. The safety of humanity should always be at the forefront of our discussion right now. How do we protect others? How do we protect ourselves? However, we must also ask ourselves how we can learn to live again. How can we go on? Life is about growth and change and this cannot happen in a vacuum. There is caution, yes; but there is also life.

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