Life During the Coronavirus Pandemic
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge around the world, multiple countries are implementing 4-week national lockdowns. Whether the U.S. will be next is still yet to be seen, but it is my opinion that national or even local lockdowns are a terrible idea. COVID lockdowns do not work. Take a look at the following reasons why:
- Small business owners are losing their income
- The economy is crumbling
- Many who are home are experiencing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety
- Many who are home are using more substances such as alcohol and cannabis
- Lockdowns create uncertainty and fear in many people
- They force many people with a mental illness to stay home rather than being out and about
- Lockdowns promote more virtual communication via Zoom and Webex rather than in-person interactions
And the list goes on. The worst part about it is that even if we protest against lockdowns, the federal government will do what they wish. This is a form of control and a big middle finger to the people who elected them in the first place. It’s truly a dark time that we are living in, but we must make the most out of it and remain positive. With the Delta variant surging, don’t be surprised if lockdowns get reinstated in the near future. Vaccines are preventing severe COVID cases, but breakthrough cases in those who are vaccinated are still happening.
Will the Delta Variant lead to more COVID Lockdowns?
Because of the many breakthrough cases in vaccinated persons, the Delta variant is showing no signs of slowing down. What will likely happen is that the virus will continue to mutate as more people get vaccinated. This is because the viral load in vaccinated persons is just as high as in those who are unvaccinated. This is buying the virus more time to mutate. Viral mutations are the virus’ survival mechanism; it keeps it alive in nature by dodging threats to its existence. Before scientists have enough time to create more effective vaccines, the virus will likely develop many new strains.
If this continues to happen, the governments will be forced to revisit lockdown measures. But as listed above, lockdowns are clearly bad for our society. Do we have any other options? I believe that lockdowns should never be reinstated ever again. I also don’t believe in vaccine mandates. If the U.S. spent more time providing education on the vaccines rather than promoting vaccine mandates, more people would be willing to take the shots. Instead, we are demonizing those who refuse vaccines, causing further divide among the masses. Rather than vaccine mandates and lockdowns, we need to continue to provide education on vaccines and move on. Life needs to go on while we continue careful measures such as wearing masks in crowded indoor places and washing our hands.
What is your opinion? Do you believe in lockdowns and mandatory vaccines?
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8 Replies to “COVID Lockdowns”
I live in Michigan (in the US), and we had some pretty strict lockdown rules for a while. It was awful. There are still some lingering ones and they make it hard to go see mental health providers etc. I’m not a fan. I’ve seen these rules hurt friends with businesses and hurt others I know through different ways. I would just like to be able to visit with my therapist etc in person. So messed up.
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Sorry to hear! Thank you for reiterating my point
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I think I would have agreed but from the incidents in the USA, I noticed a lot of people are pretty selfish, refuse to use masks or social distance. So I think a lockdown while a bit much is a little necessary.
Has it helped thus far? We had a 2-month lockdown and now it’s back; clearly didn’t stop the virus. A vaccine is needed.
Living in Australia, I’d have to disagree with you. Especially Western Australia where I live. Our life actually returned to normal months ago. No local cases for well over 200 days. Most of us, did what our government recommended, based on our health experts recommendations.
We just relaxed border restrictions with the rest of Australia, but as there’s been a hotspot outbreak in South Australia. Hard border looks like it’ll be going back up.
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If this pandemic lasts 10 more years, the people will just hand their power to the state so that they can impose lockdowns as they wish? Sounds like a Hegelian School of Thought at play.
If people did things that are basic to do, lockdowns won’t be necessary. But, people in America are all.. I’m not wearing a mask, it’s my freedom.
Do you wear a seatbelt? That was made law due to the fact, it can help save lives. Wearing a mask is a temporary thing, to aid in the prevention of a virus. Which is taking lives. The people not wearing masks, are also not doing social distancing, not washing hands. This continued stupidity will make the pandemic last longer in the US, forcing the governments hand. It’s crazy, that top concern is the government will be able to enforce lockdowns as they wish in a possible future, yet taking action now, cooperating for the benefit of all as a community should. To protect the vulnerable as a community should. Would prevent a possible future that people are scared of. Not doing that, forces a governments hand. Who’s duty of care is to ALL its citizens. February this year, I predicted a million US deaths before it becomes under control. I hoped I was wrong. I still hope I’m wrong. I have a lot of people I care about in the US, but, I’m now thinking the US will breeze past that number. A good friend who was trying to do the right thing, got CoVid. And two months after “recovering” is still struggling so much. Now has a heart condition. Can’t do the things he took for granted 3, 4 months ago.