Florida here, checking in. Lots of sick kids and full ICUs.
My dad had a stroke and a tractor accident last year. He was in a coma on a ventilator for a month. He was in ICU for three months.
If it had happened in early 2020, when there were no ICU rooms and no ventilators, he would have been just another tragedy of the working class. He would have died. Not from COVID, but from a lack of resources due to the immense strain COVID puts on American healthcare infrastructure.
If it happened today, when ICUs are once again full to capacity with unvaccinated people who insist “COVID has a 99% survival rate,” he would just die. All because people can’t get a shot, wear a mask, and stop fucking spitting on each other.
The impacts of COVID are far larger than a simple cold. People are dying from it. People are suffering permanent disability after their recovery. People with other, very real problems that can’t be prevented with a shot and a mask are dying because there’s no room left in the hospital to keep them alive.
Somewhere between 600,000 and 750,000 Americans died in the American Civil War, which lasted roughly four years. COVID has already killed that number of Americans in a little over a year.
When will it be enough?